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National Sunscreen Day

National Sunscreen Day

National Sunscreen Day happens on May 27 and is the perfect time to recognize the danger that comes with going to the beach, the lake, even the backyard. These and other traditional sunbathing spots, considered harmless in the past, now carry a yellow flag of warning against skin cancer and other ill effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. On National Sunscreen Day, which is part of National Safe Sun Week, rub and absorb that lotion, cream, or spray before enjoying the warmth and light of summer. The higher the sun protection factor (SPF) in your product, the better. Chances are if you don’t know the right balance of SPF to protect yourself and still get the tan you want, a friend will. If they ask why, just say, “Don’t fry!”

Believe it or not (ask a Boomer or a Gen-X-er), even up to the 1980s, there were dozens if not hundreds of “bronzers” and “suntan lotions” on the market that not only didn’t block UV rays before they hit your skin but were designed to enhance the sun’s effect, granting a deep tan in the shortest amount of time possible. Attribute it to a thicker ozone layer back then, or a simple lack of scientific knowledge, but there was no buzz at all surrounding the acronym “SPF.”

Today, we know the true dangers of the sun’s rays (and those of UV tanning beds) and the carcinoma and melanoma we could be afflicted with if we lack proper protection. It was only recently that the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated a special day to learn about how we can protect ourselves. In short, your health should come before that “copper tone.”

Easily enough to guess, sunscreen is the number one weapon in the battle against UV-caused skin cancers. If you have to get that golden tan, make sure to conscientiously apply an SPF 30 or comparable product. Then, jump into the fun of summer, knowing you’re protected!

A. It offers skin protection
Sunscreen is crucial to preventing most UV ray-induced assaults on the body. Take time on National Sunscreen Day to start forming good habits for the rest of the summer. Consistency and discipline are the keys to an effective regimen.

B. It helps us fight the effects of aging
Sunscreen helps prevent a variety of skin issues that give you an uneven skin tone or worse. The right blocker prevents facial brown spots, reduces the appearance of blotchiness and red veins, and slows down the development of premature wrinkles. Who knew that sunscreen could be the way to the fountain of youth?

C. Not all sunscreens are a mess
There is a variety of SPF 30s and above that not only protect you from the sun but make your skin look great while doing so. Great news for those who dislike the smell and feel of regular sunscreen!

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