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Reasons Why You Should Protect Your Skin from the Sun

While the sun is a great thing, it can do a lot of damage to your skin, and more than just give you a painful sunburn. Today, Good Days is going to discuss a few of the reasons why you should protect yourself from the sun and some tips to help you do just that.

Sunspots

Sunspots also called solar lentigines, are caused by too much sun exposure. They are flat, brown spots that show up on the parts of your body that have been exposed to the most sun. Once you have a sunspot, it will continue to become a darker brown as you spend more time outside.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can usually be avoided if you take proper care of your skin and don’t overdo it on sun and UV exposure. One form of skin cancer is melanoma, and Good Days can help to cover qualified patients with the chronic disease, metastatic melanoma.

Damaging Skin Cells

Too much sun is also bad for your skin cells because the UV rays actually damage or even kill the skin cells. Even a mild sunburn can destroy the top layer of skin, which is bad for healthy living. Your skin is the body’s first layer of defense, and you need to protect it.

Sun Protection Tips

There are a lot of different ways you can go about protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Here are just a few tips, other than sunscreen:

  • Limit your sun exposure between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM because that’s when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  • Pay attention to the UV index which is usually a part of the weather report.
  • Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and a hat that shades your face, neck and ears.

The sun is a powerful thing, and you need to be careful about how much exposure you get. If you’re battling cancer like metastatic melanoma or another chronic disease, contact Good Days for help. Visit the Good Days website today and apply online. Image from Thinkstock by Getty Images. Item number: 482458470

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