May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and today is National Don't Fry Day! The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated today as "Don't Fry Day" to encourage sun safety awareness and remind everyone to lather up with sunscreen when outdoors. Today is dedicated to bringing attention to the importance of reducing the rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays and protecting your skin.
Nobody likes the pain that comes with a sunburn, but that's not the only reason for wearing sunscreen. Why else wear sunscreen, you might ask? Below is a list of the most important reasons why sunscreen should be a daily habit and with you at all times when exposed to the sun's rays.
1) Sunscreen lowers your risk of skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States! Consistent use of sunscreen daily can cut your risk of contracting skin cancers in half. UV radiation is at the top of the list of factors that cause skin cancers, such as basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancer, and melanoma.
2) Sunscreen prevents premature skin aging
UV rays from the sun cause the premature breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin. The results of this breakdown are fine lines and wrinkles. The following fact should be alarming – the sun's ultraviolet radiation is responsible for an estimated 90 percent of visible signs of aging! 90%! Are you reaching for the SPF? You should be! Sun damage from UV rays also causes photoaging of the skin, which gives the leathery skin look and discoloration. If you want youthful-looking skin for years to come, coverup it with sunscreen and protect your healthy glowing appearance.
3) Even skin tone
To maintain a smooth and even skin tone, you most definitely need to be applying sunscreen regularly. Sunscreen helps prevent dark spots and discoloration that comes from sun damage. Hyperpigmentation looks like dark patches on the skin due to changes in the production of melanin. The darker your skin, the more susceptible you are to hyperpigmentation.
4) Sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays
Ozone layer depletion increases our risk of sun damage from harmful UV rays. The use of sunscreen blocks these rays and significantly reduces our risk of sunburn. Cobalt's Face Moisturizer with SPF 30 is a must-have year-round! Now you can stay outdoors longer and enjoy up to 80 minutes of sun protection with this skin-friendly protector.
Remember to apply sunscreen generously 15 minutes before sun exposure and always reapply as needed. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures. These measures include limiting time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses to prevent your risk of skin cancer. Don't Fry Day is an important reminder to take care of our skin and know the risks associated with over-exposure to UV rays.