"Don't Forget Your Sunscreen"
It's a line I'm sure you heard countless times from your Mother or Father growing up. Most people know sunscreen is a good idea, but don't know why. Even worse, there are an alarming amount of people who brave the UV rays without applying sunblock. (Isn't skin cancer scary enough?)
Below we've outlined the best reasons why you should wear sunscreen every single day.
1. Lower Skin Cancer Risks
Daily sunscreen use can shield your skin from the risk of various types of skin cancer, especially, melanoma. This is the worst type of skin cancers, which can be life-threatening for women, particularly those who are in their 20s.
2. Sunscreen Protects Every Skin Type
If you have a darker complexion, the melanin in your skin confers some natural protection from sunburns, but you still need protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. While people with fair skin are more likely to develop skin cancer due to sun exposure, people with dark skin tones are at risk of more serious kinds of cancer when they get it. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear sunscreen daily for the safety of their skin.
3. Sun Damage Is Cumulative
Don’t be fooled into thinking you can build up a safe tan; there’s no such thing. Every exposure contributes to possible damage at the cellular level. Spare your skin tomorrow and wear your sunscreen today. 90 percent of visible aging comes not from the number of candles on your birthday cake but the hours you've spent in the sun. Wearing sunscreen daily saves your skin from years of visible damage later.
How Does The Sun See You?
In the video below, Thomas Leveritt uses Ultraviolet lenses to show the skin damage caused by UV ray exposure. This video is one of the most effective pieces in advocation of wearing sunscreen, showing the damage the sun has already caused each person in real time, and how they can easily avoid damage by dabbing on some sunblock. For more stats and information on skin cancer, visit the Skin Cancer Foundations Facts page.
A year later Mr. Leveritt was able to photograph people from all over the world to watch, in ultraviolet, how skin ages. Check it out below.