The Importance of Wearing Sunscreen All Year Long

Everyone knows that a day at the beach won’t end right if you don’t apply the proper amount of sunscreen to your skin. However, what about those days during the off season where you barely make it outside? Or what about days in the winter where you don’t even see the sun? Yes, even on those days it’s important to wear sunscreen. Read on to learn more about the importance of wearing sunscreen all year long.

Sunburn
sun protectionYou’ve likely spent a summer day at the pool or beach with an overcast sky, only to realize that you got a lot more tan or even sunburned than you ever imagined. Remember that just because the sun is hiding behind a few clouds, doesn’t mean that it still won’t affect your skin. In fact, you are more likely to get a sunburn on an overcast day than on a sunny day because you likely won’t wear as much sunscreen. Protect your skin all year long and wear a sunscreen even on the cloudiest of days.

Premature Aging
It’s no secret that the damaging effects of sun can lead to premature skin aging or the chance that you’ll look more like an old leather bag than your youthful self. If you look at individuals who are in their 60’s and 70’s, you will likely notice a lot of sun damage on their hands and face. Why is that exactly? If your body is covered up the majority of the year but your hands and face are exposed while you’re outside or even driving in the car, then they will receive more sun damage— leaving you with age spots to boot. Try wearing a sunscreen on your hands and face everyday in order to prevent that unwanted sun damage.

It’s important to wear sunscreen everyday. Get into the habit of applying a facial moisturizer that has a sunscreen built into it in order to protect your face. If you decide to wear short sleeves or show off your legs, make sure to apply sunscreen to your exposed skin as well. To learn more about how you can properly care for your skin, contact Dr. Crais today!

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