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 sun:

§ 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 skin.

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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