With spring here and summer to follow that means one thing, more sun exposure! Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature aging skin and cancer. If you’re like most people you’re probably only putting on sunscreen when you’re going to be outside for long periods of time but you need to be putting it on everyday. Yes, even if you’re not going outside. UVA rays from the sun hit you when you’re taking a short walk to the mail box, playing with your kids in the back yard, going to and from your car (and UVA rays can go through glass), or if you’re just hanging out on your porch enjoying a nice glass of wine.

UVA exposure increases the amount of free radicals (reactive atoms) in your body. Free radicals can damage cells, proteins and even your DNA. When DNA is damaged it distorts the way it reproduces healthy DNA and can begin to replicate the damaged sequence beginning the processes of cancer and possible growths. Being the wild reactive atoms they are, free radicals enjoy stealing important structures from cells creating more destructive enzymes that destroy vital building blocks from our skin such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. With out these necessary skin components our skin begins to sag, the texture becomes rougher, and wrinkles become more pronounced.

Don’t worry! You can protect your skin from free radicals and all the destruction they bring by adding one easy step to your skin care routine: sun screen. Sun screen should be applied daily before you even step out into the sun. It should also be reapplied in longer periods of exposure. Remember to apply 1 ounce of sunscreen and reapply every two hours to protect your skin against the damaging effects of UVA rays. The lesson here folks: Practice safe SUN! 😉