Sunscreen Is Imperative!

Why is sunscreen so important? Any tan is a sign of skin damage.

Nature has its own filters which benefit us. These include the ozone layer and cloud formations. Now as you know, our ozone layer is thinning and also has many holes in it. Because of this, we experience premature wrinkling, sunburn, and sometimes skin cancer. This is why you need to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.

UVA, UVB, SPF... what do they all mean and why are they important?

UV ray is short for ultraviolet radiation. There are three types of rays; UVA, UVB, and UVC. We are most concerned with UVA and UVB rays.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF is an indication of how much UVB a sunscreen will block. For example, a lotion with a SPF 15 provides 2 hours of sun protection and a SPF 30 provides 4 hours of protection.

When picking out what to use you should look at the SPF number and choose one with at least a SPF of 15. When applying the lotion, you should apply it generously and evenly on all exposed skin. This should be done 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. It needs to be reapplied after swimming and sweating.

People often think that this is only needed during the summer months, but actually you need it all year round. Because of the damaging affects of our sun, you should use a lotion with a SPF 15 all year round.

Not only do you need to protect your skin all year round, don't forget about your eyes! You should be wearing glasses because even in the winter months, your eyes are subject to the harmful rays. This will protect your eyes from damage, cataracts, and in some cases blindness.

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