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Should I wear sunscreen everyday?

Wear Sunscreen

Use a product specially formulated for your face area with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or greater on a daily basis. This will help protect your skin from everyday, incidental sun exposure as well as give you necessary summer-time protection. Apply your sun protection product to your entire face, in an upward and outward motion. The regular and liberal use of broad-spectrum sunscreen which shields the skin from both UVA and UVB rays, is the key to healthy skin. In fact, it is the cornerstone of every sound skin care regimen. While it is true that the burning UVA rays are strongest during mid-day, the UVB rays that cause the more insidious long-term breakdown of the skin are present in full force from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. It is, therefore, important to use sunscreen products during the entire year.

Why should I protect my skin from the sun?

Avoid Harmful Rays

Did you know that your skin is your body's largest organ? The greatest environmental danger to the skin is the sun. Without sun exposure, the skin does not wrinkle, change color or become marred with spots. Excessive sun exposure damages the immune system in the skin, destroys both collagen and elastin production and kills some normal cells. Heat and cold also damage skin and reduce functionality. The environment contains many chemical agents that react with the skin and create free radicals which in turn react with the compounds in the skin. Fortunately, proper diet and proper hygiene practices can help reduce the visible signs of damage caused by the environment.

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