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4 Reasons You Must Not Forget To Apply Sunscreen This Season

The rainy days are over and we have been enjoying “Hot girl harmattan” (not summer).

But as we enjoy the warmth midday (because it gets really cold during the early hours of the day), and soak up the sun midday, ensure you have taken proper protective measures for the sake of your skin.

Most people don’t know how important sunscreen is until they end up looking like burnt suya. However, if you are clueless on why you must not forget to apply sunscreen as you go up and about, these 4 reasons should help teach you a thing or two;

Protects Your Skin from UV Rays: The risk of having our skin sun-damaged from harmful UV rays has increased as a result of the depletion of the ozone layer. However, sunscreen blocks these rays, greatly reducing the likelihood of sunburn.

Look for products that have an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15 (some doctors recommend nothing below 30), and use each and every day. For full-body coverage, you’ll want to apply for an ounce.

Lady applying face cream | Photo_loreal Paris

Lowers Your Skin Cancer Risk: Skin cancer is among the list of most common forms of cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 71,943 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin in 2013, and 9,394 of these cases were fatal. By applying sunscreen each day, you cut your risk of contracting skin cancers in half.

Prevents Premature Aging of the Skin: Sun damage from UV rays causes photoaging of the skin, which is characterized by a thick, leathery look; discoloration; and a breakdown of collagen, which contributes to lines, sagging and wrinkles. Studies show that those below age 55 who apply sunscreen regularly have 24 percent less chance of developing these signs of aging than those who don’t.

Maintains Even Skin Tone:

Sunscreen helps prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone.

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