Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Every Day

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Spring will soon turn to summer and we will be spending more time outdoors. This is the time of year we typically think about wearing sunscreen. If you’re heading outdoors, your skin will be exposed to the sun. We love the warmth and cheerful feelings of sunshine. But, it’s also important to wear sunscreen every day.

Why on earth would you wear sunscreen every day? Protecting your skin from UV rays is the main step to take if you want to prevent skin damage or skin cancer. You’ll get more sun exposure than you may be aware. Wearing sunscreen under your makeup will prevent premature aging on your face.

Being a boomer, we didn’t get the warnings about skin damage until I was older. By that time, I had received quite a few sunburns. Because I’m fair-skinned with blue eyes, my skin needed to be covered and protected. My skin never really tanned. It would just get red and peel. Many times I would get a rash from the sun ( a sign of autoimmune disease to come). My mother tanned as a teenager and now has had many spots that are Basal cell carcinomas.

My children were very fair, and until the age of 5 I never let them go outside without sunscreen, hats, and clothing that covered them. After age 5 we still covered exposed areas of skin with strong sunscreen. They had allergies to strong creams, and we always used a sensitive skin baby sunscreen product. This worked very well!

Wearing a sunscreen on the face is so important to prevent damage that causes wrinkles and leathery skin in the future. It has certainly been worth it to me and has prevented premature aging on my face. These face sunscreens work well under your makeup and can be worn year-round. This is the best way to protect your delicate facial skin.

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Every day

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer. 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma cases are associated with uv radiation from the sun. The data is all we need to know to convince us to protect our skin.

Skin cancer is the type of cancer that you can see. Because of this, the theme for Skin Cancer Awareness Month is the Big See Campaign. We all need to be examining our skin and watch for these three: NEW, CHANGING, or UNUSUAL. Looking at our skin, we should look for a spot or mole that is new, changing shape or color, or something that looks unusual (or just Not right).

If anything new, changing, or unusual is spotted, the next thing to do is make an appointment with a dermatologist. They can check out your skin and let you know if it’s normal or needs to be investigated. Skin cancer strikes 1 in 5 people by age 70, so this is nothing to ignore. I hope that you’ll protect your skin and check your skin often. (https://www.skincancer.org/get-involved/skin-cancer-awareness-month/)

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions and is not intended for medical advice. If you have any medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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2 Responses

  1. Joanne says:

    I am so fair skinned that I tend to get slight burns even with sunscreen(since I inevitably miss some tiny space somewhere). I typically try to hang out in the shade as much as possible.

    • Lisa says:

      Yes, the shade is so much better. It’s good that you’re preventing sunburns as much as possible. Hope you have a wonderful summer 🙂

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