The Importance of Sunblock

Temperatures are rising, the layers of clothes are coming off and the beach is calling your name. There’s no better time to discuss the importance of using sunblock than now. As great as a tanned complexion looks, the appearance and health of your skin won’t be as great in the long run. Too much exposure to UVA and UBA rays makes the skin rough and leathery. Constant exposure makes your skin uneven and gives you dark spots (Especially on your face).

If the toll it takes on your appearance doesn’t bug you, then at least consider your  health. There are 3.5 million cases of skin cancer reported every year. One in five Americans develop some form of it. Put the baby oil down and opt for a higher SPF this year. Don’t get fooled by waterproof products either. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be a re-applying, at least every four or five hours.

Don’t neglect your hair from getting the proper sun damage protection. All that styling, blow-drying, hot rollers, flat irons and countless other things we experiment with takes a toll. Damage from the sun is another harm we must save it from. There are products created specifically to recover the hair from daily exposures. Aveeda has a Sun Care Kit that contains a masque, everyday serum protector, and cleanser for your hair. For those who color their hair use a shampoo and conditioner designed color preservance. This will prevent the color from fading.

Once you learn to incorporate sun protection into your everyday routine it won’t be a burden. Get in the habit of applying a moisturizer with SPF. Just because you don’t feel the heat doesn’t mean the rays aren’t hitting you. That goes for the wintertime as well. Keep your lips smooth and kissable. Choose a lip balm with an SPF 15 or higher.

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