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Summer means days outdoors soaking up the sun’s rays and enjoying time with family and friends. Yet these carefree summer days are actually putting your family at risk for the most common type of cancer in the United States. One out of every five Americans will receive a skin cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives, and that’s something you simply can’t ignore. Sunscreen is your biggest defense against cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. Here are eight reasons why you need to smooth on the sunscreen before your next outdoor excursion.

1. Keep Skin Young

UV radiation ages your skin prematurely. Sunscreen slows down the effects of the sun on your skin, so your skin stays soft and younger looking longer. Starting at a young age, sunscreen can reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

2. Set the Right Example

How much time in the sun are your kids enjoying? Teach them from the start about the importance of sunscreen. When you put it on yourself, they will follow your example.

3. Reduce Your Cancer Risk

You are always exposed to UV radiation if you are outdoors. Even cloudy days are still a risk. Use sunscreen daily as part of your daily skincare regimen, and you will greatly reduce your risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

4. Improve Skin Tone

Brown spots don’t have to be a natural part of the aging process. These are also due to UV radiation exposure, and wearing sunscreen helps prevent their development. Other skin discolorations that happen with age may be reduced with sunscreen use. K

5. Prevent Sunburn

The most obvious reason to put on sunscreen is, of course, to prevent sunburn. Sunburn is painful and inconvenient, and the solution to preventing it is simple. In addition to covering your skin with clothing, slather on some sunscreen before you head out for some time outdoors.

6. Sunscreen Protects All Skin Types

People with darker skin may think that they don’t need sunscreen because they don’t burn easily. This is not the case. UV damage occurs to all skin types and skin colors. Those with darker skin may not burn, but they can and do develop skin cancer.

7. Reduce Your Risk of Heat Stroke

Surprisingly, sunscreen is one of the steps you can take to reduce your risk of heat stroke on, particularly hot days. It helps to add a barrier between your skin and UV rays, which can heat and burn your skin, keeping you just a little cooler.

8. It’s Easy to Use

The final reason to use sunscreen is the fact that it’s easy. If you’re in a hurry, use an aerosol type to spray on a quick layer before you leave for the day. If you have a little more time, choose a moisturizing type that will give your skin needed moisture while also providing the UV radiation barrier you need.

Keeping your skin healthy and young looking requires sunscreen. If you’re looking for additional tips to keep your skin looking its best, Dr. Rispler and the team at LDI can assist. Contact us today to learn how you can achieve healthy, beautiful skin.