How to Avoid Aging

Sunscreen and all the perks

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An example of a good sunscreen with a 50 spf that leaves no white cast.

   Contrary to popular belief, sunscreen should be worn during all seasons. Sunscreen has been used for decades and helps your skin and your overall health in several ways.

   According to The New York Times, sunscreen dates back to 1938 on the Swiss-Austrian border. Sunscreen is primarily used to protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Parade says, “In the 1970s, Piz Buin introduced sunscreen with both UV-B and UV-A filters, but the SPF only ranged from 2 to 15”. The scientists concluded that UV-B and UV-A rays are linked to skin cancer. The benefits of using sunscreen only excel from there.

   EHE Health says that applying sunscreen daily cuts the chance of getting skin cancer in half. Sun damage is possible even when there is snow present because snow  can reflect as much as 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so it is crucial to wear it every day. According to Mahoney Dermatology, “Statistics show that by age 70, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer.”

   Sunscreen helps prevent aging prematurely. The sun contributes to the sagging, discoloration, and wrinkles created. Premature aging can be prevented by using sunscreen daily. 

   UV rays can leave exposed skin with inflammation. When prone to redness in the skin, skin sensitivity, psoriasis, and or rosacea, the sun can just make it worse. Make sure to look for a sunscreen with non-harsh ingredients and steer clear of any aerosol or spray-on SPF.

   Most people know what a sunburn is, maybe by seeing a friend get roasted in the sun or being the one roasted in the sun. Sunburn can be the effect of a long time of sun exposure without any sunscreen and tanning beds. Other than cancer, extreme sun exposure can result in sun poisoning and painful sunburn. 

   According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen, which is why undesirable sunburns and tanning can occur despite sunscreen application. But how much should I use? To fully be shielded it is recommended to use about two milligrams per square centimeter of exposed skin. 

   The same amount of sunscreen should be reapplied periodically after every two hours that pass. It’s imperative that you make sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or 30 if you plan on being in the exposed sun for a long period of time.

   It is important to stay safe from the sun, but if you’re still concerned or have further questions make sure to contact a local professional or dermatologist for follow-ups.