We all know sunburns turn our skin “lobster” red and itch like crazy, causing our skin to peel although those who are fortunate enough end up tanning. What you don’t know about the sun is that it can be poisonous to our bodies. While your body might seem impervious to sun damage now; later in life, that won’t be the case.

According to Angela Perin of Ezine Articles, Sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun, or other artificial sources of light, surpasses the ability the body has to produce the pigment known as melanin, which protects the skin from burns. According to Perin, “Sunburn tends to destroy cells in the outer layer of skin, damaging tiny blood vessels underneath.” Over time, this can cause wrinkled skin to appear. Another bad side effect of sunburn is that it can also damage our DNA, resulting in skin cancer.

The time to put a stop to skin cancer is now by preventing sunburn. Sunscreen, or sun block, is one way to prevent sun burn. The higher the SPF, sun protection factor, the stronger the protection. According to “Seventeen” magazine, if you are active, you should try a waterproof and sweat-proof sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher. Since it is both waterproof and sweat-proof, you won’t have to reapply it as often. Or if you tend to burn easily, try something with SPF 85. SPF 85 gives the strongest protection against burning. Even if you tan, you should use sunscreen but try using a light formula. This will still allow you to tan while giving you protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

So, whether you plan to travel abroad for the summer, go on a road trip with your friends, or go to the beach, don’t forget the most vital thing. Don’t forget your sunblock because it is the only thing standing between you and “lobster” red skin.


What’s your favorite brand of sunblock? Let me know in the comments below!


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