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It’s essential to apply sunscreen every day. The sun’s rays can still damage the skin when it’s cloudy, and it does not discriminate based on skin tone.

The skin is the largest organ and has essential functions such as guarding your body against harmful bacteria and regulating your body’s temperature. The skin also offers body protection from the sun’s rays, but that doesn’t mean you should go out without giving your skin proper protection. Without sunscreen, our skin is exposed to a number of problems. Here are four reasons why we should use and reapply sunscreen daily.

 

1. Reduce Wrinkles

To reduce the signs of ageing, then make sunscreen your best friend. Going out in the sun without protection can damage the collagen and connective tissues of our skin which means we can lose elasticity and accelerate wrinkles.

2. Reduce the Appearance of Sunspots and Hyperpigmentation.

Being exposed to the sun’s UV rays can also cause sunspots, which increase the look of ageing. Sunspots are caused by hyperpigmentation in the skin areas of discoloured skin. Sunspots can appear in the following areas of the body:

  • Face
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Back of the hands

3. Protect Skin from Sunburn

Too much sun exposure or exposure to UV light without protection could result in a painful burn. With repeated sun exposure and no protection, you could see increased sunspots and skin damage. Sunburn can also increase the risk of developing skin cancer. A sunburn typically takes a few days or longer to heal, so it’s critical to always wear sunscreen, even on cooler, cloudy days.

4. Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer

Too much sun exposure or exposure to UV light without protection could result in a painful burn. With repeated sun exposure and no protection, you could see increased sunspots and skin damage. Sunburn can also increase the risk of developing skin cancer. A sunburn typically takes a few days or longer to heal, so it’s critical to always wear sunscreen, even on cooler, cloudy days.

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer is to wear sunscreen. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, but the higher the number, the better the UV protection.

For all-day protection, it’s also necessary to reapply sunscreen:

  • Every 2-3 hours
  • After swimming or sweating
  • After towelling off

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