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The Dangers of Not Wearing Sunscreen


We all know that we should be wearing sunscreen when we spend time outdoors. But sometimes, it's easy to forget to put it on or to think that we don't need it because it's not that sunny outside. However, even if it's cloudy or you're only going to be outside for a short period of time, it's important to always wear sunscreen. Here's why.


The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are invisible to the human eye but can be extremely harmful. There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and are the primary cause of premature aging, such as wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn. Both types of UV rays can contribute to the development of skin cancer.


According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, kills more than 9,000 people every year. The good news is that skin cancer is preventable. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is one of the most effective ways to prevent skin cancer.


Sunscreen should be applied liberally and evenly to all exposed areas of skin at least 20 minutes before going outside. It should also be reapplied every two hours or after swimming or sweating. However, even if you're wearing sunscreen, it's important to limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun's rays are strongest.


It's important to always wear sunscreen when spending time outdoors, even if it's cloudy or you're only going outside for a short period of time. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can penetrate the skin and cause skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is one of the most effective ways to prevent skin cancer. So next time you head outdoors, don't forget to put on sunscreen!

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