For Sunshine and Skin You Love, SPF Is a Must-Must-Have
There’s nothing quite like lounging in the sun. But without the proper SPF protection, relaxing sunbath can lead to the sun’s UV rays damaging your skin. And if a few bad sunburns don’t bother you, consider this: according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, having five or more sunburns can double your risk of developing melanoma. It’s one of the reasons why more people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S.A. than all other cancers combined.
But what if you like the look of getting a tan? Do it using a proper SPF. Those UV rays can age your skin prematurely. It’s called photoaging and it happens when sun exposure dries the skin, thickening the epidermis and slowing down cell renewal. This means skin can be dehydrated and look older, more wrinkled, with dark spots and leather-like texture.
Want lots of sunshine and beautiful skin? Remember these tips to avoid UV exposure:
- Use an SPF sunscreen, on your face and body, every day, all year long, even on overcast days.
- Limit mid-day exposure when the sun is at peak intensity (Noon – 4pm).
- Wear clothes with sun protection—so don’t forget your hat and sunglasses.
- Say NO to tanning beds! Tanning indoors raises the risk of skin cancer.