What is the importance of sunscreen for your skin?

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It is well known that sunscreens are one of the best tools people can use to protect their skin, especially the people living in regions where the sun is strong.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), people are encouraged to apply sunscreen every day on the part of their body which is not covered by clothing when they intend to be outside. However, discussions on the internet have shown that not everyone adheres to this strict approach.

Sunscreens function by forming a coating that absorbs ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the Sun before it enters your skin, thereby protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays. It is well known that this radiation is capable of causing permanent damage to the DNA of skin cells because it can cause mutations that may develop into cancerous cells.

In order to provide the skin with the required amount of vitamin D, Jonathan Ungar, a dermatology assistant professor at Mount Sinai and medical director for the Waldman Melanoma and Skin Cancer Centre at Mount Sinai, told Health, “In general, light-skinned individuals should only expose themselves to the sun about 10 to 15 minutes on their faces, arms, and legs a few times a week in order to get their daily dose of vitamin D.”

According to him, it is necessary to apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, even for short periods of time such as walking to the car or simply going out in the sunlight for a few minutes. According to him, a more complex question is whether you should wear sunscreen for long periods of time without reapplying it if you are going to be working outside for long periods of time.

There must ultimately be a balance between risks and benefits, and an ideal one would be one where the benefits are greater than the risks, according to Ungar. It is my belief that there are two main routes to getting Vitamin D, both of which can be obtained from the sun or from supplements. In fact, only one of these options is known to increase the risk of skin cancer, but you have to decide for yourself which is right for you.”

As the name suggests, the main goal of this method is to take advantage of the benefits of the Sun without causing any damage to your skin’s appearance in any way. It is also important to keep in mind that sun damage can be identified even if the skin is only slightly red and tanned.

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