The Importance of Sunscreen All Year

importance of sunscreenYou’ve got your swimsuit, a cooler full of snacks and drinks and a beach towel ready. It’s time to head to the beach. But wait! Don’t forget your sunscreen!

During the summer months, the importance of wearing sunscreen cannot be overstated. This is because the UVB rays, those pesky rays responsible for sunburns, are strongest during these months.  UVB rays also play a role in the development of skin cancer.

According to Melanoma Foundation, skin cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the United States. In fact, one out of five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives.

Just because the sun is strongest in the summer, does not mean you can skip out on sunscreen in winter months. The sun and its ray are shinning on us 365 days a year,  making the use of sunscreen indispensable all year round.

Sunscreen, also plays an important role in reducing skin damage from sun exposure.  Although UVA rays do not cause sunburn, they are usually absorbed much deeper into our skin causing wrinkling, premature aging, pigmentation and skin cancer.

The best sunscreen will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. So, if you’re looking for everyday protection, use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. This will not only protect your skin from getting burned, it will also keep it looking youthful.

So, the next time someone tells you that your skin is glowing and youthful, tell them it’s because you’ve been taking care of your skin by wearing sunscreen all year round.