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What Happens to Your Skin If You Don't Wear Sunscreen?

What Happens to Your Skin If You Don't Wear Sunscreen?

Many people believe that sunscreen is necessary only during the summer or when it is a sunny day outside. However, a sunscreen should be used at every season. This is especially for those who tend to spend a lot of time outside thereby getting exposed to the harmful UV rays. Many doctors recommend the use of sunscreens even when one is at home because it safeguards our health (our skin in particular) from a host of problems and complications. In fact, applying sunscreen is an essential part of a skincare regime, failing to do which may result in: 

Formation of moles

Formation of freckles or moles increases during the summer, more so with sun exposure. The number of spots also increases sequentially. As per research, fair skin folks are more likely to get freckles during the summer - owing to their less melanin concentration on the upper layer of the skin. However, the incidence of freckles or moles can be reduced to a significant extent if one wears sunscreen daily without fail.

The ageing sign
The aging sign

The signs of aging skin, including that of premature wrinkles and dark spots to name a few, are caused predominantly due to the exposure to harmful radiation of the sun. A study has revealed that an individual who wears sunscreen with an SPF of 15 are 24 percent less likely to get the aging signs of skin compared to their counterparts who don’t apply sunscreen. The youthful glow, therefore, can only be revived with regular use of sunscreen.

The skin gets tanned

A tanned skin after a vacation may appear fashionable, but getting rid of the same may not be an easy task. With an increased exposure to the UV rays of the sun, the cells from the lower portion of the epidermis push to the top and are responsible for the tanned appearance of an individual. Regular use of a good sunscreen (make sure to use the one that suits your skin type) goes a long way to keep the epidermis layer intact without having to go through a tanned appearance.

Skin tan and skin burn
Skin gets burnt

Suntan is the first sign of sunburn and it is in no way a good sign. Further, effective measures should be taken to prevent more aggravation. Sunburn, as known to many, is a condition whereby the skin becomes red, hot and itchy in certain areas. If the extent of the burn is severe, one may get blisters as well. In some cases, repeated sunburns can also result in an increased risk of skin cancer. The solution to all these problems lies in the daily use of sunscreen.

The threat of skin cancer

Statistics suggest that UV rays cause more skin cancer compared to cigarettes causing lung cancer. Sad, but true! The extent of skin cancer has become so hazardous, that more often than not, it metastasizes to other parts of the body as well leading to deleterious consequences. Using a sunscreen around the year can go a long way in mitigating the risk of cancer. It should also be noted, that spending 10-15 minutes under the sun is necessary for the body to get the requisite amount of vitamin D.

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