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Protecting Your Skin With Sunscreen

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 26, 2014 | Categories: Beauty, Family and Health, Health and Beauty, Skin Care and Beauty

Guest Post

Sun Protection with Sunscreen

Most of us know that sunscreen is beneficial for our health. There’s a large selection of sunscreen options that you can buy online and over the counter, like the ones you can find when you shop at Rocky Mountain Sunscreen and other retailers, and even those who aren’t regular users of sunscreen will probably buy some at one point during the summer when participating in outdoor activities.

There are several smart reasons to use sunscreen, and they include:

• Avoiding Sunburn – Everyone knows that sunburn hurts. You might not know how debilitating sunburn is until you have one, but the temporary affects you feel and see usually have consequences that linger into the future. Sunburn is strongly connected with serious types of skin cancer, and it also increases a person’s risk for melanoma. Children are at a higher risk of being sunburned, and taking care of their skin at a young age will lessen the risk of skin cancer in the future.

• Maintaining Youthful Appearance – Besides the health benefits we see with sunscreen, there’s a vanity reason to rub it all over your skin. The sun damages our skin causing wrinkles, age spots and premature aging. If the risk of skin cancer doesn’t convince you to use sunscreen, maybe the ability of it keeping you looking younger will. Additionally, many cosmetic companies today produce sunscreen built-in to their cosmetics so that you take care of two issues at one time!

• Help With Prescriptions – Some of the medications we take make our skin extremely sensitive to the sun’s UV rays. This makes allergic reactions and sunburn more likely to happen. When you buy sunscreen, check with your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you are taking so that you make the best decision possible.

Everyone should be wearing sunscreen. Even though some people are at a higher risk of developing cancer because of their genetics, any ethnicity can get skin cancer. People with darker complexions think that the additional melanin keeps their skin protected from skin cancer, but this is not true.

Whether young or old, sunscreen benefits every single person. The next time you hear someone complaining about being smothered from top to bottom with sunscreen, you can explain the benefits.

A few quick tips to keep in mind:

  • When the sun is brightest, between 11:00 – 3:00, try spending more time in the shade.
  • Always wear a t-shirt, sunglasses and hat when out in the sun.
  • Use a sunscreen with at least a SPF15 (and higher is better), along with a good UVA protection.

Stay safe and play safe in the sun by using a good sunscreen product.

12 Responses to Protecting Your Skin With Sunscreen

  1. Mei says:

    totally agree! esp for babies, their skin cells have less pigmentation, thus more susceptible to harmful UV rays. Also their eyes let in more harmful UV rays, so shades for kids is good (not just cute!)

  2. Kelsey Apley says:

    I do my best to follow these rules always as I worry about hurting my skin and such!! Skin cancer is rising and I don’t want it and I try to protect myself as much as I can.

  3. I worry more about my sons…I need to protect THEM, and get them sunglasses too!

  4. Raijean says:

    The summer is almost here! Great tips!

  5. Angela says:

    These are good reasons to use sunscreen. I never leave the house without it, esp on my face.

  6. Bren says:

    As a skin cancer survivor, my dermatologist recommends wearing sunscreen or sunblock 24/7, 365 days a year. Even when the sun isn’t out or in the winter time, you can still get burnt. Better to be safe than a statistic like me. Skin cancer can be fatal too. I always say “Pale is the new Tan”. 🙂

    Great post Donna! Way to get the awareness out there!

  7. I make sure to use sunscreen every day I’m out, even in the winter. I have a lot of freckles and will get more if I’m not careful!

  8. Living in California I worry about putting sunscreen on every day and the skin health of my family.

  9. Shell Feis says:

    I am really good about wearing sunscreen in the summer but not as good about it during the other months. I always have it on my face from my moisturizer & foundation, but I need to remember to put it on everywhere else.

  10. Marcie W. says:

    My facial moisturizer has sunscreen in it but I am not sure of the SPF. I really think I should invest in a separate all natural face sunscreen to include in my morning skincare routine!

  11. We don’t use a lot of sunscreen, unless it’s an organic, non-chemical brand. I worry that the sunscreen itself with give us cancer.

  12. Thanks for the reminder to wear sunscreen. It’s so important.

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