One of the biggest misconceptions most people have about sunblock is that we should only wear it when going out to the beach or you can skip it if you are not so bothered to have a darker skin. This is so wrong! We should always wear sunblock, wherever, whenever as long the SUN is involve especially that our ozone layer is only getting worst as time goes.
Just a bit of information, there are three types of Ultraviolet radiation (namely the UVA, UVB & UVC) but only UVA & UVB are the harmful ones. There’s nothing to worry about UVC as it being absorbed by the atmosphere and has no damaging effects to our body. While UVB is known to be the most damaging type of radiation, it is mostly active during from 10 am to 2pm especially during summer. UVA apparently we can’t do much as it is not proven yet that sunblocks can help protect us from its damaging effects. UVA rays cannot be filtered by clothing, umbrella, glass or any surface unless it is made to be UVB proof.
Even though we can’t be protected yet by sunblocks against UVA, it is still worth wearing for the sake of minimizing the damaging effects of UVB.
Listed below are the top reasons why you shouldn't skip sunblock when going under the sun.
1. Skin Cancer is the most known effect of too much sun exposure.
The 3 main common cancers are Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, & squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma can spread earlier, quicker and known as the most deadly type of skin cancer.
2. Sunburn (Erythema)
The most damaging effects of UVB light come with sunburn. Acute sunburn can lead to even more damage. The most danger occurs when the skin peels.
3. DNA Damage & Skin Disorders
One of the most common is Actinic keratoses, Scaly or crusty growths (lesions) that occur on body areas exposed to the sun. The face, hands, forearms, and the “V” of the neck are especially susceptible to this type of lesion.
4. Wrinkles & Premature Aging
Too much exposure to the sun also causes premature aging, which over time can make the skin become thick, wrinkled, and leathery.
5. Skin Tanning and discoloration
So next time apply sunblock before exposing under the sun! :)
Enjoy the summer!
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