National Sunscreen Day, on May 27 this year, occurs within the greater Skin Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a perfect time to get in the habit of using sunscreen regularly. The day reminds us that the sun’s harmful UV rays pose threats to our skin - and our health. Those picturesque rays can trigger skin cancers, and sunscreen is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to protect against them. So get out those sunscreen tubes and sprays because sun protection is trending today and always!
SUNSCREEN IS VERSATILE
Skin protection: Sunscreen is crucial to preventing most UV ray-induced assaults on the body. Take time on National Sunscreen Day to start forming good habits for the rest of the summer.
Anti-aging: Sunscreen helps prevent a variety of skin issues that give you an uneven skin tone. It prevents facial brown spots, reduces the appearance of blotchiness and red veins, and slows down the development of premature wrinkles. Who knew that sunscreen might be the golden ticket to the fountain of youth?
Cosmetic options: There are a variety of sunscreens that not only protect you from the sun, but make your skin look great while doing it! Great news for those who dislike the smell and feel of sunscreen.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
Watch your SPF: Try to find water-resistant products with an SPF of 30 or more, which shield against 97% of UVB rays. However, the most important words to look for on your sunscreen tube are “broad spectrum," which means it protects against both types of rays: UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Wait 15 minutes for sunscreen to absorb through your skin and then seize the sunny day!
Seek shade: It's an easy and practical form of sun protection that you can find nearly everywhere. Shade can significantly reduce UV exposure as well as provide a cool, comfortable space to enjoy your day. Throw shade at those rays on National Sunscreen Day.
Hats on!: Your face and head are disproportionately more prone to skin cancer compared to other parts of your body. Choose a hat with a broad rim (more than 3 inches) angled downwards to provide the ultimate UV protection.
For more detailed advice about protecting skin from the sun, consult the professionals at the Skin Care Foundation.
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