Sunscreen is one of those products that should never be put in a drawer and forgotten. It is vital to ensuring your skin’s overall health as well as helping to protect its healthy appearance. Unfortunately, a variety of factors contributes to people neglecting to apply sunscreen as often as they should. The first is simply not knowing how important it is and simply considering it an optional way to avoid a sunburn. Multiple generations didn’t know the dangers of tanning and many of us have been left with the mentality of those times. Today we do know how hazardous it can be for our skin and there’s no excuse not to protect your skin. Another reason is that sometimes we don’t think of it as necessary due to it being a particular season. This is another wrong-headed approach to sunscreen. You need it every season to protect your skin. Regardless of the actual reason, there are very real dangers of skipping sunscreen that we all need to be aware of to ensure we have proper motivation to care for our skin.

Increased Risk of Skin Cancer
Perhaps the most threatening of all potential risks is the increased chance of experiencing skin cancer later in life. UV exposure has the chance to damage the DNA in your skin cells over time through repeated exposure. When this happens, you get increasingly likely to have a cell make an error in replication that eventually leads to a form of skin cancer. Most of us never want to experience any form of cancer and as a result it only makes sense to take steps to prevent ever having to deal with the problem. All you really have to do is remember to wear sunscreen to help decrease your overall chances. Don’t forget to make sure your sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection just to be sure. This will ensure it is safeguarding your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Avoiding both kinds of damage will provide you with the best chances at minimizing your risk of skin cancer.

Premature Aging
This is one of the problems that has no immediate manifestation and ends up being neglected as a risk by many people. UV exposure introduces free radicals into your skin. These highly reactive particles can have a subtle yet devastating effect on your skin over time. As they move through your skin, they bind and unbind with various components of it. This breaks up things like the proteins collagen and elastin in your skin. These structural proteins are necessary for keeping the skin looking healthy and youthful over the course of your life. We all experience a gradual drop-off in their production as we age, but the consistent low level damage of free radicals ends up creating a situation where our skin is constantly expending its limited resources to heal that damage. As a result, our skin ends up degrading faster as it doesn’t have resources to heal the rest of the damage that everyday wear and tear inflicts upon it.

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Burnt and Dried Out
Failing to wear sunscreen naturally ends causing sunburn. This is the problem that most of us are familiar with and want to avoid. Unfortunately, we can easily end up overestimating how much sun our skin can take without sunscreen unless we have particularly light skin. Inflammation such as sunburn puts your skin in a bad situation. The obvious extra sensitivity to touch is there, but the truth is that the sunburn is also drying out and sensitizing the area to other things as well. This leads to a situation where your skin will react even more to any form of damage. Sun exposure becomes an even higher risk. Fortunately, most of us have the good sense to cover up sunburned areas. Your skin will need to be regularly moisturized to help minimize how sensitive it is though. This will help replenish your skin’s natural moisture barrier and restore some of its resilience until your skin has a chance to fully heal.

Sunscreen is a necessary part of keeping our skin healthy. There is no way to understate how important it is to wear sunscreen. It is necessary to keep your skin healthy over both the short and long term. Failing to do so can result in health complications later as well as premature aging. All you need to remember is to make sure you’re using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 that offers broad spectrum protection. This will protect your skin thoroughly and keep it health despite the sun.

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