Just because it isn’t summer yet, doesn’t mean ultraviolet (UV) rays are not affecting the health and appearance of your skin. Sunscreen is one of those things that many consider to be only for the beach – manufactured by beauty companies and endorsed by celebrities when the weather is warm. Sunscreen should in fact be worn year round, regardless of the temperature. SPF enhanced products are proven to be a necessity that lowers the risk of skin cancer, melanoma and premature aging skin.

The benefits of consistently using sunscreens
Although it may not be a priority for many men and women, there are prolonged benefits to wearing sunscreen at any age. Having youthful looking skin as you age is highly reliant on protecting your skin form the sun. This avoids progressively loosening or sagging elasticity within the skin that results in wrinkles. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, high socioeconomic status increases young woman’s risk for developing melanoma. Also, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only 32% reported adults “usually” apply sunscreen.

“Is there any reason why I shouldn’t wear sunscreen?”
No, there is no reason not to wear sunscreen. Consumers can select from a wide variety of products that best benefit and suit their skin type, age and budget. Consulting a professional is the best way to assure you are choosing the right sunscreen product.

“More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed each year, while more than 76,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.” – American Cancer Society Women and men of all ages can enhance their health and the youthfulness of their appearance by consistently using sunscreen early on. The American Cancer Society suggests aiming for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum UV coverage and has a SPF of at least 15.

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