Surprising facts about sunscreen you need to know
July is UV Safety Awareness Month
The majority of people love sun. Its warmth and light makes everybody happy and you just feel good. But too much sun exposure has its downsides, and it can cause major damages to the skin that may not be apparent immediately— especially not on children—but will show on later on. Skin damages due to the sun's ultraviolet radiation (UV) may include: blotches, sunburn, wrinkles, spots, dry skin, and skin cancer.
There are three major types of skin cancer: squamous cell skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. While squamous cell skin cancer and basal cell carcinoma cancer rarely spread, melanoma cells are more likely to spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma—which is the deadliest type of skin cancer—is on the rise and is the third-leading cancer diagnosis in women under 49. Checking your skin regularly to spot if there are any noticeable changes—such as a mole— can help detect skin cancer at an early stage. The symptoms or signs may also include itchiness on the skin, bleeding from a mole, or partial loss of sight.
Although skin cancer is dangerous, it is in fact one of the most preventable cancers. It is advised to limit sun exposure and to seek the shade instead. Avoiding the use of tanning beds is very important and last but not least: protect your skin by applying sunscreen. The several ingredients found in sunscreen help prevent the sun's ultraviolet rays from reaching your skin—at least when you use it right.
How do you know if you're using your sunscreen right and if you're getting the full benefits of your sun protection? Click through the gallery to read everything you need to know.