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Sunscreen should be a priority all year, however moving into summer there becomes a much greater focus on sun protection. With the warmer weather comes more skin exposure along with longer hours spent outside and higher UV rays. It is especially important this time of year to be properly applying sunscreen to all exposed skin.

Sunscreen is typically thought of as a means of preventing sunburn. While this is one very important job it is not the only job. UV rays from the sun damage skin in other ways including visible signs of aging, such as; fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigment, and course texture. Sun exposure and the damaging effects of UV rays are also a leading cause of cancer. Skin cancer rates have been on the rise with the age decreasing in many cases. Protect yourself daily from all forms of damage unprotected sun exposure can have on your skin.

For optimal protection broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen should be worn daily on all exposed skin regardless of weather conditions as UV rays can penetrate through the clouds. Recent developments in sunscreen technology will allow protection from infrared rays as well. Sunscreen should be re-applied throughout the day. The type of sunscreen can vary the frequency upon which reapplication is necessary, and should be indicated. Typically every few hours, after sweating, or getting wet is when you should reapply. Sunscreen should typically be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure but can depend upon individual directions. Reduce the amount of sun exposure by covering up and seeking shade during time when UV rays are at their highest.