Sunscreen – Protect Your Largest Organ

Every morning you roll out from under your fluffy comforter after turning off your multiple alarms on your phone. Next, jump into a shower, wash and condition your hair and wash your face with a cleanser. Afterward, you moisturize to protect your skin against aging. Followed by, brushing your teeth to guard your teeth against decay.

Next, you gently apply eye cream, toner, hair styling, makeup, and you almost forgot one thing… sunscreen! Because you know that even though you work in an office, wearing sunscreen will slow down the visible signs of aging.

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Let’s Talk About Your Largest Organ

There are 79 available organs in our body, and they work together to keep us alive. In fact, your skin covers your whole body and is 16% of your overall body mass, making it the largest organ of your body.

Your skin protects your body from things that are trying to attack you, like germs. Further, it protects the rest of your body from the sun while regulating body temperature, storing water, fat, and vitamin D. Oh, and it offers you one of your primary five sensory resources – touch.

4 Reasons to Wear Sun Screen

1) Protect yourself from sunburn

It is an excellent idea to discover what actually happens to your skin when you have had a sunburn. In fact, a sunburn is the skin’s response to UV damage. As a result, a bit of a sunburn causes redness, peeling, itchy, and blisters. Further, severe sunburn causes blistering, fever, swelling, chills, nausea, and headaches. Consequently, just one sunburn can raise your risk of developing skin cancer.

2) Protect yourself from melanoma

In fact, just one sunburn as a child or adolescence, you have doubled your chances of melanoma later in life. Further, “According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Melanoma typically shows up as a new mole or a change in shape, color, size, or feel of an existing mole.”

3) Keep your skin tone even

As we age, the number-one cause of sunspots and leathery skin is UV rays. In fact, you probably have noticed these tan and varying shades of brown spots on an older person’s face, shoulders, back, and legs.

4) Avoid wrinkles and other signs of aging

The Mayo Clinic has described aging as “Wrinkles are the lines and creases that form in your skin. Some wrinkles can become deep crevices or furrows and may be especially noticeable around your eyes, mouth and neck”. Although, genetics determines skin structure and texture, exposure to the sun is a major cause of wrinkles.

5) Repeated UVA exposure through windows causes photoaging

Driving a lot can cause photoaging to one side of your face. Consequently resulting in wrinkles, skin roughness, skin heterogeneity, skin hydration, and skin laxity (looseness) between the side of the face exposed to sunlight (UVA rays).

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Further, if you want to see what foods dehydrate your skin, weaken collagen, and cause inflammation, which speeds up the clock without you realizing it. Check out my article on Foods That Age You Prematurely.

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