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Why You Need to Be Wearing Sunscreen Every Single Day

It's 2017, and by now most people realize the importance of wearing sunscreen if they're going to be spending a day at the beach or enjoying various outdoor activities. That's all good and well, but wearing sunscreen should not be limited to a few days in the year. In fact, it's extremely important to be wearing something with an SPF every day, and here's why.

You use face creams, moisturizers, serums, and anti-aging lotions every day, right? But it is the sun's ultraviolet rays that cause skin damage and increase the chances of skin cancer, and these rays are present every day (even in the winter and on overcast days). Which means the best way to protect your skin is with a sun protector like sunscreen.

According to Skincare, The Skin Cancer Foundation states that it only takes 20 minutes for unprotected skin to start to burn. UVA rays are linked to aging, while the UVB rays are linked to sunburn and skin cancer. Sunscreens help to prevent the signs of premature aging caused by the sun — which include fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin discolorations — but they can also help lower the risks of getting sunburnt and developing skin cancer, such as melanoma.

And, not that you need another reason to be convinced that sunscreen should be worn every day, but, according to Style Craze, it is also good for your skin: Sunscreen reportedly helps protect the overall health of the skin proteins, which include keratin, elastin, and collagen.

What should you be looking for? A broad spectrum sunscreen should do the trick and prevent your skin from both UVA and UVB Rays. It's also advisable to wear something between SPF 15 and 30 (and reapply regularly if you are in exposed sunlight for prolonged periods of time).

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