One in three Australians are vitamin D deficient which many experts attribute to avoiding the sun. However what we don’t know is that vitamin D is crucial in the absorption of calcium and to promote bone growth.
New research by Harvard Health Publications reveals the sun is a vital element to the production of Vitamin D in our bodies but it’s a fine line between getting healthy exposure and damaging exposure to the suns UV rays. Here are the top 5 reasons why we still need sunscreen.
Sunscreen helps protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, both of which cause damage. Repeated sun damage can cause dry, wrinkled and leathery skin, premature aging and increase risk in skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and the sun is the major cause of skin cancer. Sunscreen protects against the UV (ultraviolet) rays of the sun which are linked to the cause of ksin cancers.
The SPF number on sunscreen bottles will tell you how well the sunscreen protects from UVB (burning) rays, and essentially how effective your sunscreen is. It is recommended for everyone to wear a sunscreen with SPF of a minimum 15. If you plan on being out in the sun for a long time use a sunscreen with a higher SPF.
Sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging (as well as cigarette smoking). Repeated exposure to the sun can cause a loss of elasticity in the skin resulting in sagging and wrinkles.
Exercising and outdoor activities has become a lot easier with sunscreen. Now available in waterproof ranges, moisturizers, and travel tubes it’s effortless to bring your sunscreen with you wherever you go for longer lasting protection.
Why do you love sunscreen?
By BB Intern Dominique Tait
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