Living in Florida, we are all used to the heat and humidity, especially during summer when the temperature can rise up to the high 90’s. The majority of people tend to forget to apply sunblock daily and the important reason why it's necessary to do so. I used to be someone who tended to avoid using sunscreen during the day and used it occasionally when I was out at the beach or pool, until one day I visited the dermatologist's office.

During my visit, My dermatologist found sun spots all over my arms and neck. I was oblivious on what sun spots were, I just thought I was having a bad tan. The doctor explained to me the cause and some scary risks of sun spots. Sunspots on skin are due to sun exposure without protection. They are flat brown spots that show up on the parts of your skin that have been exposed to the sun. Once you start getting sunspots on skin, expect them to darken and increase in number with every UV ray that hits your skin.

Even though sunspots are harmless and it doesn't lead to skin cancer, they can easily be disguised as one. Skin cancer can mimic the appearance of a sun spot. My doctor did a full body biopsy on me to make sure that I wasn't at risk. Since then, I've done more research on UV rays and learned how harmful they can be when we are exposed to them. UV rays are active everyday, even during winter time. It is highly recommenced to wear sunscreen daily to protect ourselves from deadly health risks. Of course taking care of your skin has its benefits!

1. Wearing sunscreen daily decreases the risk of developing skin cancer.

2. It helps to prevent skin discoloration and facial brown spots.

3. It slows down the development of wrinkled and premature, aging skin.

4. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.

5. Wearing sunscreen shields us from harmful UV rays and prevents painful sunburns.

It's never to late to start wearing sunscreen, and it's also smarter and wiser to protect our body from sunshine, all 365 days.