Importance of sunscreen

Emma Smith, Writer

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Imagine: you’re standing in the sand at the beach. It’s 85 degrees outside and the sky is clear. You’re lugging beach bags and chairs and maybe even a trashy novel. You can’t think of anything except jumping into the water. The last thought on your mind is the harmful ultraviolet rays.

Using sunscreen before you go outside in the sun is not only preventative of sunburn, but can protect you from getting skin cancer when you’re older. UVA and UVB rays are the most damaging ultraviolet rays that can lead to skin cancer. However, simply adding sunscreen can protect you from this. A broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher is the best to use when going out in the sun, and you should use enough sunscreen to cover all of your exposed skin.

As seemingly inconveniencing it is to put your beach day on hold for even just a few minutes, using sunscreen can protect you from serious effects in the future.