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Wear Sunscreen Everyday for Healthy, Protected Skin

Wear Sunscreen Everyday for Healthy, Protected Skin 

This time of the year is the perfect opportunity to explore a new beach, play poolside or head to a local park. As you head outside, be sure you and your family enjoy the sunshine safely.  

Wear Sunscreen Every Day 

Summer isn’t the only time you should wear sunscreen. Dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen every day, in every season. Sunscreen protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays: UVA rays penetrate the deep layers of skin to cause skin damage, and UVB rays damage the skin’s surface and cause sunburn.  

The sun’s damage goes deeper than signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. UV causes damage to the DNA in skin cells, which may make them grow and divide abnormally into cancerous cells. Protect your skin in sunscreen every day — whether it’s a daily lotion and moisturizer in the winter, or a thick sunscreen in warmer months.  

Wear Enough and Apply It Everywhere 

Experts recommend using at least one ounce of sunscreen to cover the entire body, which is about the size of a marshmallow. Be sure to get easy-to-miss areas including your scalp, around your eyes and feet. 

Reapply  

Once isn’t enough when it comes to sunscreen application. Apply one ounce of sunscreen at least every two hours or after swimming, towel drying or sweating. Check the bottle’s label for additional directions for your sunscreen. 

Pick the Right Sunscreen for You 

The best sunscreen is one that you’ll apply regularly. Find a sunscreen that feels good on your skin, so you feel comfortable wearing it every day. Sunscreen is generally divided into two types: Physical and chemical.  

Physical sunscreen creates a barrier between your skin and the sun by reflecting UV rays or absorbing it with active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These types of sunscreens are generally hypoallergenic and may be better for sensitive skin.  

Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and break them down with a chemical reaction to stop them from damaging your skin. Whichever you prefer, dermatologists recommend you choose a sunscreen that is:  

  • SPF 30 or Higher 
  • UVA and UVB Protected 
  • Water Resistant 

Sunscreen isn’t the only way to prevent skin damage. You can also wear sun protective clothing and take breaks from the sun by choosing shady areas to cool down. 

If you notice something unusual on your skin, reach out to your doctor for advice. Find a provider at YourPolkCare.com 

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