Sunscreen: It’s not just for Preventing Sunburn

Sunscreen may be one of the official smells of summer, but it’s important to remember that blocking the sun’s UV rays is about more than just preventing sunburn. UV exposure is an attack on the skin, creating damage that can range from premature wrinkles to dangerous skin cancer. In fact, damage from UV exposure is cumulative and increases your skin cancer risk over time.

It is easy to remember to wear sunscreen if you are planning to spend time by the pool or on the beach, but sunscreen should be worn every day on any exposed skin to prevent burning and damage. You want a sunscreen that says it provides broad spectrum coverage from UVA and UVB rays because they are different, but both can damage skin. Apply thoroughly and reapply often.

Remember, too, sunscreen is not just for sunny days. Clouds filter out sunlight but not UV rays. Again, those are the bad ones that cause aging and cancer. In fact, The Skin Cancer Foundation says that clouds block as little as 20% of UV rays — so on a cloudy day you're still getting up to 80% of the sun's harsh effects.

If you are worried about damage you may have already done to your skin, a thorough exam from a dermatologist is be the best place to start. Call Windsor Dermatology today.


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