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5 Reasons Why It’s Important To Wear Sunscreen

You have probably heard it before, and will hear it again, you should always wear sunscreen. Whether it’s during the harsh and cold Canadian winter, or the hot and sunny summer. But we do know that there are an alarming amount of people who brave the UV rays of the sun without applying sunblock, or thinking twice about it.

So, what are the top five reasons that everyone should wear sunscreen?

1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.

2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.

3. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.

4. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.

5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.

What about the need for obtaining vitamin D via the sun?
Most people can fulfill their vitamin D requirements of 600 IU or 15mcg per day with normal daily outdoor activities amounting to five to 30 minutes twice per week. Equally, a healthy vitamin D rich diet of fish, milk, dairy, liver, eggs and vitamin D supplementation provides daily requirements. Prolonged sun exposure gives no extra production of necessary vitamin D, and it exposes the skin to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation which includes development of skin cancers and photodamage.

There are medications that increase risks of sun burns and damage. How is this?
There are many medications which may make the skin extra susceptible to sun. These include anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and acne medications. Oral medications Doxycycline and Minocycline used in the treatment of acne may cause skin problems when exposed to direct and prolonged UV. Isotretinoin, popularly called Accutane, is a vitamin A derived medication which may make your skin burn easily. Topical acne products, such as vitamin A derived tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide, may make certain skin types burn easier through photosensitization and irritation, respectively.

Is there harm in using expired sunscreen?
Expired sunscreen has literally fallen apart, so the formulation no longer works as a sun protectant. You get zero sun protection. In addition, you may experience changes in the color and consistency of the product. Skin irritation may occur from an expired product.

Does this convince you to always wear sunscreen?

We carry Alyria Sunscreen Lotion spf 45 on our website and in the office.

Physical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection while protecting against free radical damage.

  • This is for all skin types
  • Fragrance free

The Sunscreen lotion SPF 45 protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun using physical sunscreens with a broad UVA-UVB spectrum in a light texture. The addition of a unique blend of powerful antioxidants to the formulation, including EUK-134, provides additional protection against free-radicals, thus minimizing the damaging effects of the sun and preventing premature aging of the skin.