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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths.

What Is Sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a lotion, spray, or gel that absorbs the sun’s rays before they are able to penetrate the skin. Without this protective layer, the sun can cause premature aging and even skin cancer. Sun damage is irreversible once it is present, so it is important to wear sunscreen every day when exposed to the sun. With the proper SPF and consistency in application, sunscreen can protect your skin from sun damage, keeping your skin looking young and healthy longer.

Applying sunscreen in the morning is especially important because not only are you protecting yourself from exposure to UV rays, but you are also preventing future wrinkle development. Skin that is regularly exposed to sunlight without protection can develop wrinkles at a significantly younger age than individuals who use sunscreen daily.

In addition to protecting the skin from the harmful effects of the sun, wearing sunscreen can also add an additional layer of protection for your skin against pollution and other environmental pollutants in the air.

Different Types of Sunscreens

Many types of sunscreens are available today. It is important to use one that offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. If you wear tinted or light makeup, look for a mineral powder that has an SPF of at least 30. Liquid sunscreens are better for oily skin types, as they are not as heavy as creams and lotions. Creams and lotions are better for dry skin because they help hydrate the skin. Lotions are also good for children because they are easy to apply and spread evenly on the skin. Look for creams that have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15; higher SPFs will block more UV rays.

Sunscreen should be applied at least 20 minutes before going outside. You should reapply every two hours if you are swimming or sweating. Use enough sunscreen to cover your entire body. Wear a hat to protect your face from the sun’s rays if you cannot get natural shade.

For expert skincare or to learn more about how sunscreen can benefit you, visit Goldcoast Medspa at 233 E Erie, Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60611. You can book an appointment by calling us at 312-664-2128.