Top 8 Reasons Why Sunscreen is Important

As we move into the summer months, it’s more important than ever to remember your sunscreen. However, it’s crucial to wear SPF year-round, even in northern climates like Fargo, North Dakota! Dr. Ness of Fargo Dermatology has several recommendations for patients looking to develop an SPF routine, but if you’re not convinced yet, here are eight of the top reasons why wearing sunscreen is so important.

Decrease Risk of Cancer

The number one reason you should prioritize wearing sunscreen is that it helps to protect you from developing skin cancer. Daily SPF use, even if it is cloudy or raining, can help protect your skin from harmful rays that cause cancer. It is especially important to protect your skin from melanoma, which is the most deadly type of skin cancer.

Protect from Sunburn and Heat Exhaustion

Most people wear sunscreen to protect their skin from painful, red, sunburns; however, did you know that sunscreen can also help protect you from heat exhaustion or heat stroke? Heat exhaustion and heat stroke symptoms include nausea, muscle cramps and, in extreme cases, can even result in brain damage. To avoid these, you should always wear adequate sunscreen, find shade if you’ve been in direct sunlight for an extended period of time, and be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

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The Ozone Layer is Diminishing

The ozone layer is part of the atmosphere which essentially shields the earth from the sun by absorbing some harmful UVB rays. However, this layer is depleting, meaning UVB exposure is increasing. This means that it is more important than ever to wear proper SPF to protect your skin.

Protect all Skin Types and Tones

Some people believe that if you have a darker skin tone and don’t burn easily, you don’t need to wear sunscreen. This isn’t true! Even if you don’t get sunburns, your skin is still prone to damage in the sun. Although it is more common among those with fair skin, skin cancer can affect people with darker skin tones as well.

Avoid Aging Signs

Sun damage is one of the most common causes of premature aging, as sun exposure causes sunspots, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. Discolored and leathery-looking skin is typically the result of excess sun exposure over the years. To avoid these signs of aging and look more  youthful, wear SPF daily.

Maintain an Even Skin Tone

Excess sun exposure and sun damage can cause uneven skin tone, such as brown spots and other discoloration. You can avoid these by making sure you protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Set an Example for Children

Kids adopt habits from adults. Whether you’re a parent or have young family members, it’s important to set an example of regular sunscreen use early. This helps kids avoid sun damage as they grow up.

Many Options are Available

Some people think that wearing sunscreen is too much of a hassle, but today, there are so many SPF options available that there is a solution for everyone! This includes, stick, water-resistant, and mineral sunscreen. To protect your face, it’s often convenient to find a multi-purpose product with SPF included. For example, look for a moisturizer, foundation, or lip product with added SPF if you want to keep your routine simple.

Dr. Rachel Ness Sunscreen Products

Dr. Rachel Ness from Fargo Dermatology has developed her own line of professional-quality skin care products, including several SPF options. These include options such as Antioxidant Chemical Free Sunscreen Mist for a convenient all-over body sunscreen or Antioxidant Mineral Matte Powder Sunscreen, so you can reapply SPF 30 to your face throughout the day without disrupting your makeup.

If you have questions about SPF or your skin care plan, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ness at Fargo Dermatology! Call our office at (701) 203-0816 or send us a message.