Living in Texas for most of my life, I have (sometimes) been painfully aware of the need for a sunscreen. I am such a baby when I get sunburned, and then I peel for several weeks. Really, who wants to go around looking like a moulting snake? I try really hard to ensure that my skin is protected so that it can go on protecting me. Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? It covers every inch of our innards (and for some us, that acreage is considerable…). It would behoove you to take good care of your skin by eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, not smoking, avoiding tanning beds, getting exercise and rest, and perhaps the most important step of using an everyday sunscreen.
There are a variety of products on the market which do contain sunscreen for everyday use. One of the best is made by Eucerin. This is a trusted brand recommended by dermatologists all over the country as well as many pharmacists. Even incidental sun exposure can leave you open to the possibility of skin cancer. How many of you plan on taking a road trip for Memorial Day or any time during the summer? If you do a lot of driving, have you notices that one arm may be tanner than the other? That alone is a good reason to use sunscreen every day. You also need to wear sunscreen on cloudy days, especially if it is windy. Eucerin can offer you protection from dryness as well as harmful UVA/UVB rays.
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Also, when you are out in the sun, be sure to wear a hat that covers the top of your head, too. Getting sunburned on the top of your head is DEFINITELY NOT fun or cool. This is an especially good idea if your hair is thin or nonexistent.
One last note to protecting yourself-you do have to have a certain amount of sunlight to keep your Vitamin D level up where it should be. My personal doctor recommends that I sit in the sun without sunscreen for 15-20 minutes a day. I like to do this in the morning while I am drinking my morning coffee on the weekends. During the week, I try to get outside on my lunch hour. You would be totally surprised at how much a low Vitamin D level affects you. You can suffer from mood swings, depression, memory loss, mental confusion/fogginess, and so many other symptoms. It can also leave you open to the possibility of various other types of cancer. Visit http://www.webmd.com/diet/vitamin-d-directory to get more information, or even better, talk to your doctor about Vitamin and ask to have your level checked.