Why Wear Sunscreen When You Play?

Keep cool and wear sunscreen” – unknown.


Many of us have read and heard about the benefits of wearing sunscreen.  We may remember the advice of journalist Mary Schmich, from her award winning poem “Wear Sunscreen,” or we may have heard dermatologists on TV warning us of premature aging and skin cancer.  Either way, we know we need to wear it when we are outside in the sun. But why?

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, “The US government has officially identified ultraviolet radiation (UVR) both from the sun and from tanning machines as a known cause of cancer in humans. UVR produces DNA damage that may lead to mutations (abnormalities) in genes involved in the development of skin cancer. Therefore, along with other sun safety strategies, sunscreens that absorb or block UVR serve an important protective function.”

Still not convinced? One filmmaker, Thomas Leveritt, decided to show us the effects on UV on our skin and how powerful sunscreen really is.  In this short video below,  he captures pedestrians reactions to seeing their skin using an ultraviolet camera, and what happens when the apply sunscreen.

Protect your skin, and your loved ones this summer when you are out in the sun playing.  Find shaded trees, limit your exposure and make sure to apply sunscreen after swimming and before leaving the house. To learn more about the benefits of sunscreen, visit The Skin Cancer Foundation website here.

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