Do I Really Need Sunscreen?

The answer is a very loud YES!!!  Sunscreen is not just for when you go to the beach or when planning a prolonged event in the sun.  Sunscreen should be worn every day as it protects skin from sunburn and some skin cancers.  Think of the application of sun screen as part of your morning rituals.  To be effective sunscreen needs to be applied 30 minutes prior to going outside.  This allows time for the sunscreen to bind and be absorbed into the skin.

Choose a sunscreen that says “broad spectrum” on the label.  This means that you will get protections from both UVB and UVA rays.  Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 or higher.  It is important to note that you can get sunburned even on a cloudy day.

Lastly do not get caught up in the hype of sunscreen causing skin cancer or the need to expose yourself to the sun to get adequate Vitamin D.  Both concepts are false.  For more information on these topics visit

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