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Why It's Important to Wear Sunscreen Every Day

Do You Apply Sunscreen Every Day?

With Summer officially here and sunny days the norm, wearing a sunscreen has never been so important. Even though I always wear sunscreen on my face, I am not very good at remembering to wear it on other parts of my body. Dumb, I know. But after returning from the beach with a slight sunburn, I've been doing my best to apply it to the rest of my body every day too. By investing in a moisturizing sunscreen I've made it easy on myself because I don't have to put on a sunblock before a moisturizing lotion.

Besides preventing sunburn, wearing a UVA/UVB sunscreen is defense against wrinkles, sun spots, and, most importantly, skin cancer. And while it might be a pain to do this every morning, it's worth the benefits. How about you . . .

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bryseana bryseana 7 years
@ Anonymous 18 - the shade doesn't protect you from UVA damage. It's the same rule for cloudy days. Clouds don't stop ultraviolet aging rays. Anyway, if you're concerned about chemicals in sunscreen, you can try an all-natural alternative like Burt's Bees.
amber512 amber512 7 years
No, because I haven't been able to find one that doesn't make me break out in horrible rashes!
luthien-tinuviel luthien-tinuviel 7 years
I have a huge favor to ask: does anyone know of a body lotion that contains spf? I have a facial moisturizer that does but I want sun protection for the rest of my body on a daily basis. I don't want to wear sunscreen day-to-day (because, as another commenter posted, it's no fun to smell like sunscreen in the office). I'm just concerned because I live in Arizona and my skin has been turning red just from my commutes! I have a family history of skin cancer so this is a huge concern of mine. Bonus points if you know of an affordable body lotion with spf that also contains natural ingredients. Thanks!!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
You'd know my answer if you saw my stomach.... 2nd degree burns & peeling... ha ha, whoops!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm not super religious about using it on my body and I don't spend a lot of time outdoors. If I'm outside a lot, I put SPF 30 on my face and wear a hat with a brim. I think using a ton of sunscreen is a tad overkill.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I apply sunscreen to my face, neck, and chest everyday. I usually don't apply it anywhere else, except for my arms sometimes. I don't go to the beach or lounge in the sun. Asche, I agree, the sun has a lot of benefits as you mentioned. My dermatologist was more concerned with the dangers of tanning beds. bluesarahlou, Waterbabies is great for sensitive skin too. I have really sensitive skin and it's one of the few that don't irritate my skin. It also goes on easily and has a sheer finish unlike a lot of baby sunscreens that leave a white film.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Thanks Glowing. :) I actually reacted horribly to the regular Aveeno I'm a little hesitant to try the baby version. But I'll check out the ingredients and see how they compare.
Asche Asche 7 years
Nope. My dermatologist recommended not to wear sunscreen everyday (even oil free). She said that unless I'm in the sun for prolonged amounts of time, the minor sun exposure I will get is harmless (and I'm VERY fair). She added that by wearing sunscreen too much, my body won't absorb enough vitamin D, which could lead to a variety of bone problems and/or depression. I'm sure a lot of you will question my derm's advice, but I 100% agree with her advice. As a fair person, I am very careful in the sun, but I also think that society's neurosis with sunscreen goes into the direction of our overuse of antibacterial soap and medications. Sometimes you just have to let your body do what it was created to do!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Bluesarahlou: I have sensitive, allergy-proned skin, too. My dermatologist recommended Aveeno Baby SPF 55. It also serves as a moisturizer. It works great for me, and I buy it from Target. Hope this helps. As far as answering this post, yes, I do. I have fair skin, and I actually have problems with the sun if I don't use sunblock (freckles, heat rashes, etc.). Sometimes I re-apply during the middle of the day.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I've yet to find a sunscreen I'm not allergic with the exception of my facial moisturizer I don't typically wear any unless I know I'm going to be outdoors for a long period of time.
bisou002 bisou002 7 years
I use a Neutrogena facial moisturizer with spf 30 (and I always remember to put it on my neck, too!), but considering I'm stuck in an office all day, and not even near a window, I skip the rest of my body.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
I currently do not because my face has been extra greasy and breaking out often. Plus I'm indoors 9am-8pm on a normal day working... so I'm rarely outside. BUT if I have a day off I apply it every where and go outside and get some air.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I'm not usually outside much during the day so only my face but if I know I'll be outside, I try to remember to put it on. Not that we have had much sun so far this month...June gloom is a drag.
KMattes KMattes 7 years
I did one morning and all I heard all day is "you smell like you're going to the beach!" Maybe I gotta find a less "tropical" smelling lotion or something, but it was really distracting.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
Most work days, I'm seriously in the sun about 5 cumulative minutes. But if I go for a run, to the pool, or to an outdoor activity i always wear it.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
i use a primer with spf15 and makeup with spf15 every day. i don't apply to my whole body but i'm never in the sun for that long.
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