Surprising Facts About Sunscreen
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Surprising Facts About Sunscreen

We all use sunscreen, but none of us ever ask why

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Surprising Facts About Sunscreen

Just about all of us have used sunscreen at one point in our lives, but not enough of us actually know the truth about it.

Most people tend to rely on sunscreen alone, in order to prevent UV damage and skin cancer, which is not enough. Many people enjoy obtaining darker pigmented skin from laying in the sun, but this is risky, even with sunscreen on.

According to the Huffington Post, researchers who conducted a study in 2011, it was found that "some sunscreen users may feel more protected than they really are, exposing their skin to direct sunlight for longer periods of time as a result, which could possibly increase their risk of skin cancer."

Unfortunately, sunscreens don't protect us from UVA radiation, from the sun, which penetrate much deeper into the skin. It's not what we want to hear, but experts recommend spending time in the shade, wearing a hat, and wearing protective clothing, aside from applying sunscreen, in order to more effectively prevent skin damage. Another important fact to take note of, is that sunscreen is always necessary, no matter if it's cloudy or not, and you should reapply every two hours. A hard-earned tan just isn't worth it.

The type of sunscreen that you use is incredibly important, and it does expire, contrary to popular belief. Scientists found that 41% of sunscreens include the additive, Vitamin A, which has actually been proven to accelerate the growth of skin cancer.

With all of this said- Don't avoid the sun altogether! Vitamin D is a crucial hormone for the health and function our bodies. The writers at Melanoma.org urge us to get enough of it, as it improves bone health and "reduces the risk of certain cancers." They also stress that you do not need to tan or burn, in order to "produce vitamin D." Do your best to take full precautions, to protect yourself from skin damage, but enjoy the sun. It is our light, energy, and heat source, and it is here for us to enjoy.

If you are not spending enough time in the sun, or you cannot for a medical reason, you may wan to test your Vitamin D levels, as you may have a deficiency. You may also want to take a vitamin D supplement daily, or as needed - get them here.

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