Summertime is here, which means warmer temps and more time spent outside with family and friends. Unfortunately, many people forget that their skin needs to be protected from ultraviolet radiation. Even when it’s cloudy, your skin can still be burned.
In this article, we’ll explain the top 5 reasons you should not skip applying sunscreen before heading outside.
The primary benefit of sunscreen is to protect your skin from sunburn. Even a few minutes of sun exposure can increase your risk of sunburn. If you go out without sunscreen, your risk of skin cancer and other skin diseases increases, and you age prematurely. You can avoid these things by consistently applying sunscreen. If you do burn and/or blister, you should consult with a dermatologist to minimize the damage.
Exposure to the sun without protection can cause pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and a leathery appearance. This makes you look much older than you really are. If you spend a lot of time outside, especially during the summer months, you should be using sunscreen.
Exposure to the sun without protection can increase your risk of skin cancer. Ultraviolet rays from the sun, as well as from tanning beds, can cause damage and abnormal multiplication of skin cells. You can significantly reduce your risk of skin cancer by using sunscreen with SPF30 for mild to moderate exposure. If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period, you may need a higher SPF.
When your skin is exposed to the sun without sunscreen, your skin becomes discolored, and you may develop sun spots, also known as liver spots. These spots are common on the face, head, arms, and hands, and can affect men and women. Sunscreen can prevent this discoloration and create an even skin tone, as well as protect the underlying skin cells.
Persistent exposure to the sun can result in skin inflammation. This can cause the skin to appear red and be painful to the touch. Individuals with skin conditions such as psoriasis or other sensitivities are especially at risk.
Sunscreen is critical for protecting your skin from damage because it blocks the sun’s rays and protects your skin. However, it will not offer 100% protection. Therefore, make sure that you are wearing proper clothing as well when you’re spending time outdoors.
If you have skin damage due to sun exposure, schedule your consultation with the aesthetic team at Flying Horse Medical. We offer a variety of services to prevent and treat many skin conditions. We can offer advice on choosing the best sunscreen and applying it properly.