The sun is finally out! Maybe you have plans to go to the beach, do some yard work or spend time by the pool.
Did you remember to put on your sunscreen? Are you staying out too long? Maybe the sun is really intense where you live... do you take breaks in the shade?
The sun is quite dangerous to human skin, given its harsh ultraviolet rays. According to fda.gov, no matter what the weather is like, sun exposure can cause sunburns, ages skin (wrinkles, age spots, leather-like skin), damage to the eyes, and skin cancer, the most common cancer of all.
In the US skin cancer is on the rise. About 4.3 million people are treated for basal cell cancer and squamous cell skin cancer every year, according to a report from the Office of the Surgeon General.
Sunscreen is the easiest way to protect yourself but keep reading for other ways to keep skin young and healthy while enjoying the sun! Check out our SPF and skincare article to read more.
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How exactly does the sun burn your skin?
Udcin.com says that when ultraviolet rays pierce the epidermis (outermost layers of skin) it stimulates melanin, the component responsible for skin pigmentation. Melanin absorbs harmful UV rays before they do serious destruction.
Melanin increases in response to sun exposure, which causes the skin to tan. This is not healthy, and results in skin damage. Sunburns develop when the UV exposure is too much for the skin to handle and can’t protect it.