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3 Reasons You Need to Start Wearing Sunscreen Now

By Virginia Laird

As the weather begins to warm up, families across the nation begin to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of nature. Whether it be a sporting practice, a walk in the park, or just chilling in your backyard, there is nothing quite like soaking up the warm sunshine after months of cold. Still, experts warn the dangers of getting outside without the proper protection from the sun. Dermatologists far and wide maintain that spending time outside without a coat of sunscreen can be detrimental to your skin. A few reasons these experts insist you begin to wear sunscreen daily, include:

  • Wearing sunscreen prevents damage to the skin
  • Applying sunscreen routinely can prevent signs of aging
  • Unprotected skin can develop cancer

Wearing Sunscreen Prevents Damage to the Skin

There are many ways to damage the skin. One certain way is to avoid wearing sunscreen. Dermatologists advise that you should wear sunscreen no matter what time of day (when the sun is out) and no matter the time of year. Skin damage caused by sun exposure can include discoloration, moles, wrinkles, and much more. Rather than allowing the sun to damage your skin day after day, select a sunscreen you like with an SPF 15 (at minimum) and begin making its application part of your daily regimen.

Applying Sunscreen Routinely Can Prevent Signs of Aging

Aging is no one's friend. For some, their genetics may be more friendly to the aging process than others. Still, experts suggest that those who have never worn sunscreen will experience more dramatic signs of aging than those who choose to wear it. Experts admit that the areas of the body most affected by the aging process include the face, neck and arms. Coincidentally, these are the same areas that are most exposed to the sun. Start today wearing sunscreen to help prevent unnecessary signs of aging.

Unprotected Skin Can Develop Cancer

Research suggests that skin cancer can develop even when you think you are not exposing your skin to the sun. Dermatologists remind patients that riding in a car exposes your skin to the sun. Although it may not be something you have ever considered, it is suggested that you add sunscreen to your arms prior to hitting the road to help prevent such exposure. This is just one example. The truth is, anytime you head outdoors without applying sunscreen you are increasing your chances of developing skin cancer.

Start applying sunscreen daily to help you avoid the effects of too much exposure to the sun. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Midlothian, Va.

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