While the sun might feel nice on the skin and promote a happy mood, who truly enjoys day after day of clouds and rain, there are some severe side effects to prolonged and unprotected sun exposure. The least troubling, of course, is a tan. Others include the development of sun spots, skin damage, sunburns, more wrinkles when older, and even an increased risk of skin cancer. These effects are why it is crucial to protect your skin against the harmful rays of the sun. Unfortunately, many individuals either do not know precisely what they should be doing or simply do not put in the effort necessary.
The most popular way to protect skin from the sun is, of course, to wear sunscreen. Now, most individuals will apply sunscreen when they head to the beach for the day in the summer. This is good, but there are two issues with only putting sunscreen on in the morning on such a day. The first is that sunscreen will need to be reapplied if you will be exposed to the sun for an extended period, such as a beach day, and is even more important when swimming is involved, even if the sunscreen is meant to be waterproof.
The second issue is most individuals forget to apply sunscreen daily. Even if you are not planning to spend the entire day in the sun, or the sun is hidden by clouds, wearing some sunscreen is still essential! Aim to wear sunscreen with an SPF of twenty-five or thirty every day and reapply throughout the day with prolonged exposure. If you do not want to wear a dedicated sunscreen every day, look for a daily moisturizer with SPF in it. This is fine for daily use.