Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but while Mr. Sun does give us plenty of benefits, he’s also casting harmful radiation at us (we knew he was up to something!). Some people believe their skin tone or a simple belief they are more resistant to UV rays is a good excuse to not wear sunscreen.
There are simple and complex reasons why protection through a waterproof sunscreen, with an
SPF of at least 30 (as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology), is integral to your safety.
Simple reasons include your skin health. Not only do you want to slow the
development of wrinkles, moles, sunspots and leathery skin (who are you anyway, Mr. Burns?), we definitely want to avoid developing dangerous skin cancers like melanoma as well. Discolouration and uneven tones are a couple additional after- effects of neglecting to shield our skin that consistent application can derail.
It doesn’t matter what colour our skin is, we all want it to look nice. But, the sun is very socially aware, and it doesn’t discriminate.
While a sunburn is a sort of immediate reaction, sun damage is something that slowly accumulates over our lifetime. Which is why it is important to encourage
children to protect themselves against the sun from an early age.
What about the lovely Vitamin D the sun gives us? Well, the sun has been lying
to you or at the very least holding out. Going outside for merely 15 minutes a few times per week and eating fish, dairy and other vitamin D-rich foods provide what you need.
Or, skip the whole process and take vitamin D supplements if you’re worried about becoming a vampire.
All jokes aside, sunscreen is very necessary and needs re-application every two hours and after swimming or sweating. Be aware that sunscreen can also expire, which means it doesn’t protect you anymore and can be an irritant.
So don’t be irritating to others by complaining about a sunburn you could have avoided, protect yourself and apply when necessary.