There is a common misconception that you only need to wear sunscreen during the summer months to avoid sunburns, but the reality is that it’s important to wear sunscreen throughout all seasons of the year. Even on cloudy days, our skin is at risk for sun damage from UV rays, which leads to skin cancer and premature signs of aging, such as wrinkles and brown spots over time. In this blog post, we outline the top 2 reasons to wear daily sunscreen.
Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, and it’s also one of the most preventable. Statistics show that one in five people will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. If caught in the early stages, it’s typically very treatable; however, it’s extremely important to be proactive in reducing your chances of developing skin cancer.
You can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer by avoiding tanning beds, wearing at least 45 SPF sunscreen each day, covering up with clothing, regularly checking your skin for abnormal spots, and going to the dermatologist once a year for a skin exam.
Reduce the Signs of Aging
Repeated sun damage from UV rays inevitably causes photodamage, which is when the sun prematurely ages the skin. Starting in our 20s and 30s, our bodies start losing about 1% of collagen each year as we age, and repeated sun damage also helps contribute to collagen breakdown. Essentially, unprotected sun exposure makes the collagen breakdown work “double time” to really speed up the aging process. Collagen is what helps keep our skin youthful and helps prevent lines, sagging, and wrinkles on our skin.
In addition to premature lines, sagging, and wrinkles caused by sun damage, unprotected sun exposure also creates skin discoloration and brown spots, such as freckles, on our skin. This sun damage is very common to see on a person’s face, chest, or shoulders. Don’t forget that even the small things you do every day, such as gardening, taking your dog on a walk, etc., all add a small contribution to the overall picture of photodamage on the skin.
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Midland Dermatology, voted best dermatologists in Midland 2020 and 2021 in the MRT readers poll, offers general dermatology, cosmetic procedures, and skin cancer treatment here in Midland, Texas. We utilize the latest technology and proven strategies with your skin health in mind. Our dermatology team is comprised of board-certified dermatologists, certified physician assistants, and several specially trained nurses and technicians. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 432-689-2512.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this blog post is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician.