Why do we need to wear sunscreen every day? Because even if it’s cloudy, UV rays are still present. (Quick lesson on UV rays: There are UVB rays that burn the epidermis. Remember “B” is for burning. And then there are UVA rays that penetrate through to the dermis. Remember “A” is for aging). Now back to the answer to the question... UVA rays are present throughout all daylight hours all year round and can be 30 to 50 times more prevalent than UVB rays, which can penetrate through the glass windshield in your car or your home or office. So why wear sunscreen everyday? Because UVA rays damage your skin and cause your skin to age quicker than it has to. This aging comes in the form of dark spots, wrinkles, different forms of keratosis, and of course, skin cancer. So the moral of the story is: Wear sunscreen daily. Sunny days. Cloudy days. Rainy days. You get the idea! Unless you want to look much older than you, and I don’t think you want that! May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Protect your skin!
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