Why do you need a Sunblock?

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‘It’s a beautiful day today, go out and play in the Sun’, is not a phrase people use nowadays. It’s more like don’t play too much in the Sun or at least wear SPF before going out. 

‘Wear SPF’ – This is a term millennials use to sound cool while referring to wearing a sunblock while the term ‘wear SPF’ is grammatically incorrect since it’s asking you to wear Sun Protection Factor. 

Now that we got that on the side and took a hit at all the ‘cool kids’ out there, let’s get back to the topic. Sounding cool or not, using sunblock is an essential not everyone has been aware of. 

What do you mean to hide from the Sun you might ask? From something which literally is the reason for all life on the planet. Well, let’s just say the sun has good rays and bad rays. 

Different kinds of Sunrays:

UV radiation is classified into primarily three different types. UVA, UVB, UVC.

UVA – This makes up 95% of the radiation. These penetrate the skin and are strong enough to pass through glass. UVA is responsible for tans and skin aging factors which result in wrinkles This also damages the collagen and elastin in the skin.

UVB – This makes up for 5% of the rays but is very intense. UVB doesn’t penetrate as deeply but can cause immense damage to the topography of the skin. This can cause Skin Cancer and Melanoma

UBC – These radiations don’t reach us because they react with the atmosphere of Earth and don’t reach us. 

It feels like we’re living in a state of Armageddon when we talk about sunblock. But modern medicine has advanced and we now have enough technical knowledge to support the cause of ‘wearing SPF’. 

Anyone can have harmful health effects from UV radiation, but the risks increase in people who:

  • Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned.
  • Have light-color skin, hair, and eyes.
  • Taking some types of oral and topical medicines, such as antibiotics, birth control pills, and benzoyl peroxide products, as well as some cosmetics, may increase skin and eye sensitivity to UV in all skin types.
  • Have a family member with skin cancer?
  • Are over age 50.

Here are some of the things which you can do to avoid these harmful radiations:

  • Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs.
  • Consider options to protect your children.
  • Wear a wide brim hat to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, for both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Avoid indoor tanning. Indoor tanning is particularly dangerous for younger users; people who begin indoor tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of developing melanoma.

We need to start doing these little things in our daily routine as little as wearing SPF in order to live a ‘healthier’ life. You’ll live even if you’re not wearing any, but you’ll live better and healthier if you do. It’s as simple as that.

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