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Why Protecting Your Skin from the Sun Is Important

At Bella Nani Salon and Day Spa, taking care of skin is our kind of business.  This is why we take protecting our skin so seriously all year but especially in the summer.  We know that it is fun to go play in the sunshine and we are not trying to keep you from that but we do feel that it is important to remind you of the importance of using sunscreen and protecting your skin from the damage that will build up over time from prolonged exposure to the sun.  With this all in mind, we wanted to find a great article that we could share to help support our belief in the importance of protecting your skin.  We hope that you find this article to be as valuable as we did!

You spend time every morning making sure your appearance is up to snuff.

Hair combed, face washed, teeth brushed, clothes matching.

You want to make the right impression on the world, and when you take the time to check your appearance, your work pays off.

But what about protection? Sure, you lock your doors behind you, keep your wallet close at hand, and put on your seatbelt in the car. But are you protecting yourself from one of the most prevalent dangers each day?

Are you protecting your skin from the sun?

Protecting your skin from the sun is important for not only your appearance but your health. It’s too important to skip.

1. Skin Cancer

One of the most obvious risks of sun exposure is skin cancer. When you’re exposed to the sun, UVA and UVB rays reach your skin, damaging your skin cells.

Some of the damage repairs itself, but some don’t. After several years of this type of damage, skin cancer can be a dangerous result.

2. Wrinkles and Sunspots

While cancer builds up invisibly, UVA rays can make visible changes to your skin and appearance if you don’t protect your skin from their reach.

Wrinkles, moles, sunspots, and more can be an unhappy consequence. While many people simply accept the inevitability of wrinkles, it’s important to know that sun exposure actually accounts for 85% of aging.

You can protect yourself from many of the effects of visible aging by keeping your skin safe from the sun.

3. Protect All the Time

Because UVA rays can pass through glass, it’s important to wear sunscreen whenever you’ll be exposed to rays from the sun — whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Sitting next to a window, or driving in a car, can even bring harmful rays your way.

It makes sense to just add sunscreen to a part of your daily morning routine.

Cloudy days don’t protect against the harmful rays of the sun either. While UVB rays may be blocked somewhat by clouds, UVA rays are capable of penetrating through the clouds straight to you.

4. Time Isn’t Always on Your Side

The tricky thing about sun damage is you don’t see it happening. You see tans and sunburns, but you don’t see permanent sun damage until far later in life.

This can make it hard to remain motivated to keep your skin protected, but it’s crucial that you learn to apply sunscreen regularly now to protect yourself in the future.

5. The Right Sunscreen

If you do plan on spending time in the sun, you should use a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it 20 to 30 minutes before going outside, and continue to reapply every two hours while you’re outdoors.

You should use at least one ounce of sunscreen, which is enough to fill a shot glass.

This article was originally published at deteroutdoor.com.  If you want to treat your skin to some R&R, be sure to take a look at our specials!