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Why You Should Wear Sunscreen

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FUNAAB chapter.


The sun is wonderful. It’s the earth’s primary source of energy, plus it helps our skin make the very necessary Vitamin D. Despite this benefit, the sun emits UVA and UVB rays which are very harmful to the skin, overexposure to these harmful rays can cause skin cancer, sunburn and premature aging of the  skin.  Sun Protection Factor(SPF)  is  a  measure  of  how  much protection a sunscreen gives you against UVB protection, that is, the sunscreen increases your resistance to the harmful effects of the sun. There are many sunscreen products, but most of them are made with harmful chemicals that can get into the bloodstream. When choosing a sunscreen, always check that it is;

• Broad spectrum, meaning it provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

• Water resistant

•  Photostable, meaning it won’t break down in the presence of strong ultraviolet rays.

• An SPF 30 or higher for light skinned people.

•  Non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.

•  Methylisothiazolinone free, as it causes serious skin allergies.

•  Oxybenzone free.

Guidelines for using sunscreen include;

• Wearing sunscreen every day.  even  the  rays  of  the  sun  touching  your  skin  through windows can still cause some damage, it is advisable to wear sunscreen even when indoors.

• Apply sunscreen every 2 hours when exposed to sun,  and more frequently if you are swimming or sweating.

• Try to avoid being in the sun for long periods.

• Wear long tops and pants. Sunglasses with UV protection and wide brimmed hats are

also very key.

• Shop for moisturisers and cosmetics that also offer UV protection.

• Try to avoid the sun between 10 am to 4 pm.

Aina Wura is a student of Federal University of Agriculture,Abeokuta studying Entrepreneurial Studies. She loves empowering the female clan through write-ups and public speaking and her utmost desire is to see all females live up to their full potential.