We're mid-summer and the sun is hotter than ever. Most people love the feeling of soaking up vitamin D and getting a nice bronze color for the summer. However, the sun can be harmful to our skin if I we don’t take preventative measures and protect ourselves. We've heard it our whole lives: put on sunscreen. Is it really that important?
Applying sunscreen and decreasing the chance of getting sunburn can prevent skin damage that can lead to skin cancer. Using sunscreen can also prevent premature signs of aging. Sunburn or too much sun exposure without protection can damage elastin, collagen, and skin cells. The damage to these cells can lead to skin discoloration, wrinkles, fine lines, and a leathery skin appearance.
It's important to wear sunscreen with any exposure to the sun and this means even on cloudy days. There are many options for sunscreen and it can be tough to know which to pick. One of the biggest things is to use at least SPF 30. Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours and possibly more due to sweat or water. If you have any skin issues or sensitivities, speaking with a dermatologist is highly recommended. Be sure to keep an eye on your skin as well, any changes or new spots are important to talk to your doctor about.