Necessary Sunscreen Protects Skin

As summer approaches, importance of wearing sunscreen emphasized

Cleo Kilpatrick, Sports Editor

Say goodbye to your winter coats and say hello to sunscreen, your new best friend for the next four months. Usually the number one thing on everyone’s summer todo list is to get tan. Even though a nice tan can make you look great. It actually is more damaging to your skin in the long run. Getting a sunburn increases your risk of aging spots, wrinkles and cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says, “approximately 9,500 people are diagnosed with skin cancer everyday.” Protecting your skin is of the utmost importance. Even if that summer tan looks good for a couple weeks, your skin won’t in a couple years. This is where sunscreen comes in. Dermatologists recommend creams which are best for dry skin and your face, gels which are good for hairy areas like your scalp and chest hair, and sticks are good for around the eyes. But what they most recommend is to use the sunscreen that works best for you and what you feel most comfortable using.  Dermatologists recommend using, Vanicream, EltaMD, La Roche-Posay, and Supergoop. 

You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside. You should reapply every 2 hours especially after swimming or sweating. It’s important to have consistent protection if you’re outside a lot.