Always Wear Sunscreen
By Gary Gresham
Always wear sunscreen. How many time have you heard it?
The American Academy of Dermatology reaffirms its
long-standing position that sunscreen protection is
beneficial in preventing painful sunburn, photo aging
and skin cancer.
Always wear sunscreen regularly as part of an overall
sun protection program. Whenever possible wear a hat,
sun protective clothing and avoid peak sun hours. For
added protection against dry skin problems look for
moisturizers with sunscreen in them.
To be most effective, sun protection should begin in
childhood and continue throughout your life. Use
sunscreen protection as part of a daily routine.
Here are some helpful tips when going outside in the
§ Try to stay out of the
sun between 10am and 4pm when the sun is at its hottest.
§ Apply sunscreen
protection with at least 15 SPF and reapply every two
hours when outside, even on overcast days.
§ Wear sunglasses and a
hat to protect your eyes and head.
§ Stay in the shade as
much as you can.
§ Be aware of places that
reflect the sun back on you, like pool water.
§ Wear loose fitting
clothes that allow your skin to breathe but protect you
from the damaging rays of the sun.
. Be especially careful with children, apply sunscreen
protection often and limit their sun exposure.
Commit yourself to a lifetime of healthy skin by
developing good habits in skincare and teach your
children about the importance of taking care of their
The overall effects of the sun can damage your skin but
remembering to always wear sunscreen is one of your best
defenses in preventing it from happening to you.
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