You’re already smart enough to know that you have to wear sunscreen even if you’re not at the beach and are just commuting to and from work. Now the question is: Are you putting on enough?
A feature on Huffington Post says that you should be using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 for every day. According to Salynn Boyles who spoke with Florida James M. Spencer on WebMD, SPF30 means that your sunscreen can block 94% of Ultra-Violet B (UBV) rays that hit your skin. With the heat of our local summer, it may be good to up the notch to SPF 45, which blocks about 98% of UVB rays, and reapply every after two hours or after profuse sweating or swimming.
If for some reason you’re not putting on enough sunscreen when exposing yourself to the sweltering heat of the sun, you’re increasing your risk of the following:
Photoaging is a real thing. Sun exposure is one of the main reasons for wrinkles. In fact, even something as common as the light emissions of your computer and your other screened devices can cause premature skin aging. But, if you're using newer models, this won't be the case. What you need to be wary of though, is that UV rays can still get through windows—a major reason why you still need to wear sunscreen even if you’re just at your work desk the whole day.
Skin sunspots or solar lentigines happen where your exposed to the sun too often without protection. Mestizas are more prone to sunspots which can even be caused by something as simple as noon sun filtering through your window. According to Dr. Cynthia Bailey, these can first appear on the sides of the neck, chest, and the back of the hands. While they’re technically harmless, it’s still always best to get tested when you find these small brown spots spreading, since “skin cancer can mimic a sunspot,” she warns.
According to Medical News Today, “telangiectasias are small, broken, or widened blood vessels found near the surface of the skin or mucous membranes.” These commonly occur on your face and can cause redness due to broken veins. While there are many causes for this, lessening your exposure to the sun can help lower your risk. Most telagiectasias are not life-threatening, but can also be a symptom of more serious diseases.
Unchecked growth of abnormal skin cells can cause tumors, which, according to WebMD, can either be “benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Constant exposure to UV radiation is one of the main causes these cancerous growths. Basal cell caricoma, squamous cell carcicoma, and melanoma are the three most common types of skin cancer, with melanoma considered the most dangerous of the three, as it’s been reported to cause 75% of skin cancer-related deaths.