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4 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip On Sunscreen

As temperatures soar and the sun beats down relentlessly – your skin can suffer too. Heatwaves can be particularly harsh on your skin, leading to issues like sunburn, dehydration, and premature ageing. Hence, sunscreen becomes critically more important

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Aditi Bagaria
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Sunscreen provides a varied range of benefits, and its everyday use can help prevent many skin issues, one of which can be skin cancer. So, people, if you're reading this, it's a sign, Never miss on your sunscreen! We often question - Is it okay to forgo sunscreen on days when the weather isn't warm and the sun isn't out? What if it's a cloudier, colder day, or you won't be spending much time outside? The simple answer is NO!
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Should I wear Sunscreen Daily?

YES! It is advised by various skin experts and dermatologists that one should never miss out on applying a layer of sunscreen, regardless of the weather outside. Even if you spend most of your time indoors, you should apply sunscreen every day—yes, even if you work remotely. You still get a lot of sunlight via your windows and windshields unless you live in a cave or submarine.
Sunscreen isn't just for carefree days spent on the boat or having fun at the beach. Anybody older than six months should use sunscreen every day, advises the Skin Cancer Foundation. This is due to the fact that you are more exposed than you may realize to the sun's harmful rays.

Why Should I Wear Sunscreen Daily?

Here are the many reasons why you must be wearing your sunscreen every day. 

1. Maintains the Protective Layer of your Skin

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Regular use of sunscreen can strengthen your skin's barrier of defense. The sun can still damage you even if you're just taking a short stroll outside. The simplest approach to protect yourself from dangerous UV (ultraviolet) radiation, unexpected sunburns, and skin irritation is to wear sunscreen every day.

Furthermore, several skin diseases including acne, rosacea, and eczema can get worse when exposed to the sun. You can control these symptoms and help avoid flare-ups by wearing sunscreen.

2. Helps Delay Ageing

Sunscreen has anti-aging benefits. Yes, you read that right. The regular and right use of Sunscreen is known to delay premature aging and its symptoms like wrinkles, brown spots, and irregular pigmentation amongst many others.
Dr. Pallabi Barman says, "In today’s world everyone is using anti-aging treatments be it retinol or glycolic acid. If we are not using sunscreen to prevent sun-damage then the efficacy of the active ingredients is markedly reduced."

3. Lowers Risk of Skin Cancer

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The sun's harmful rays, which can cause skin cancer, can be considerably decreased by using sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor). UVB (ultraviolet B) radiation, which can cause sunburn and play a significant role in the development of skin cancers such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma, can be prevented by sunscreen.

According to Dr. Melissa Piliang, "Exposure to the sun increases the risk of all types of skin cancer, including the most serious type, melanoma."

4. Prevents Sunburns and Tanning

Sunburns can weaken the skin, increasing its transparency and highlighting bruising. Recurrent episodes of peeling, swelling, redness, hives, and itching may be experienced by your skin. This is because sunburns are caused by UVB rays. The risk of skin cancer may increase due to the blisters. According to an August 2008 study published in the "Annals of Epidemiology," getting sunburned frequently may increase your chance of developing deadly melanoma.

To avoid UVB-induced tanning, use sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, preferably more often if your skin is sensitive. Alternatively, use it right after working out as perspiration may remove the barrier.

You should definitely include sunscreen in your everyday regimen. Consider it your shield against sun damage that is always there, even on the days you are blind to it. Make sure your daily sunscreen regimen is effective and suits your needs. See a doctor or dermatologist if you're not sure which type of daily sunscreen is appropriate for your skin type.
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