There was a time, many years ago now it seems, when you only felt compelled to use sunscreen on trips to the beach or to a friend’s swimming pool — moments when you knew you’d be in the sun for an extended period of time. But today, with our greater understanding of the health threats posed by over-exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, there’s increasing pressure on people to use sunscreen every day, even applying it on multiple occasions throughout the day. In fact, these days we’re told we should be using sunscreen even on more-or-less cloudy days amidst any season, including fall and winter.
But what, exactly, have we learned over the past few decades? Why is it increasingly important to use sunscreen whenever we plan to head outside, whether it’s for work, play, or something in between? Let’s take a look at some of the most important reasons to apply sunscreen regularly.
1. Protect Your Skin Today
You can do a lot of damage to your skin in a short amount of time by neglecting to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. As the earth’s ozone layer continues to face persistent threats from man-made ecological problems, it’s becoming progressively more important to wear sunscreen, even if that means avoiding short-term problems, like sunburn.
Today, it takes shocking little time and exposure to the sun to get a nasty sunburn. Experts insist that just 10 to 20 minutes of exposure to direct sunlight can result in a burn that may last several days. Those who choose to forego sunscreen for extended periods of time in the sun can expect painful, irritated and red skin that’s painful to the touch for a few days. It’s a problem that’s likely to prevent someone from easily completing even the most basic tasks, from getting dressed in the morning to easily drifting off to sleep at night.