The sun allows life to exist on Earth. Plants need sunlight to grow. Animals, including humans, need plants for food and oxygen. Without heat from the sun, Earth would freeze.
However, UV radiation from the sun also can wreak havoc on our skin and bodies. We’ve all heard that wearing sunscreen is important, but do you know the specific reasons why?
1. Decrease Risk of Cancer
The number one reason to wear sunscreen is that it helps to prevent skin cancer. Daily SPF use, even if it is cloudy or raining, helps protect your skin from harmful rays that cause cancer. It is especially important to protect your skin from melanoma, which is the most deadly type of skin cancer.
2. Prevent Sunburn and Heat Exhaustion
Most people wear sunscreen to protect their skin from sunburns. But did you know that sunscreen can also help protect you from heat exhaustion or heat stroke? Heat exhaustion and heat stroke symptoms include nausea, muscle cramps and, in extreme cases, can even result in brain damage. To avoid these, you should always wear adequate sunscreen, find shade if you’ve been in direct sunlight for an extended period of time, and be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
3. Avoid Premature Aging
Sun damage is the most common cause of premature aging, causing sunspots, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. To avoid these signs of aging and look more youthful, wear SPF daily.
4. Maintain Even Skin Tone
Excess sun exposure can cause brown spots and other discoloration on skin. Daily sunscreen use blocks the UV rays that cause sun damage and helps maintain youthful, even skin tone.
5. Set an Example for Children
Kids adopt habits from adults. Whether you’re a parent or have young family members, it’s important to set an example of regular sunscreen use early. This helps kids avoid sun damage as they grow up.
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