The Importance of Daily Sunscreen Use

The Importance of Daily Sunscreen Use

Wearing sunscreen every day is an important step in keeping your skin looking healthy and preventing skin cancer.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, daily use of at least an SPF 15 sunscreen can lower your risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent. The best type of sunscreen is broad-spectrum, which protects against both the rays that burn skin and the rays that cause aging and tanning. The protection level largely depends on what you’ll be doing when you are wearing sunscreen. If you spend the majority of your day inside, SPF 15 should provide plenty of protection. If you spend more time outdoors during the hottest parts of the day, you’ll want a higher SPF and maybe even one that is also water and sweat-resistant.

What does SPF mean?

SPF stands for “sun protection factor.” The number indicates how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to redden your skin compared with the amount of time without sunscreen. So, if you use an SPF 30 product exactly as directed, it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you used no sunscreen at all.

Slather it on!

Did you know that most people don’t apply enough sunscreen even when they use it? To get the most protection — and the protection that’s on the label — you’ll need a full ounce of sunscreen for your whole body. Picture a shot glass full of sunscreen, and that’s about as much as it will take to properly cover your body. And don’t forget to apply it to your ears, scalp, feet and neck! You will need to apply this amount even on cloudy days because the sun’s UV rays can even penetrate clouds.

After you apply the sunscreen, make sure to add other layers of protection such as wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses. We all look forward to spending time in the sun. Vitamin D is good for our bodies, bones and even our mental health. Let’s have a sun-safe summer by protecting our skin too.