The Beatles sang “Here comes the sun (doo doo doo),” but DON’T get too much of those warm rays. Being out in the sun can be invigorating and is even good for our mental health and wellbeing. However, each time your skin is exposed to the sun without protection adds to the damage that could lead to skin cancer. In addition, leathery skin, dark spots and wrinkles may also result from harmful exposure.
No single method of sun defense can properly protect you. Here are some safety tips to add to your daily sun guard routine:
Did you know…when either UVB or UVA light hits unprotected skin, it damages the DNA in skin cells within minutes! Your immune system repairs some of the damage, but not all of it. Over time, the remaining DNA damage can cause mutation which leads to skin cancer.
The more skin coverage you have the better! For more information about protecting your skin from the sun, visit the Mayo Clinic for some great tips!
Walgreens commercial show skin damage under black light.