The Importance Of Sunscreen

By Kristina Sadler, Blogger
St. Hope Foundation

We are in the August month and you know what that means!! Bring on the Texas heat!! According to the Weather Channel (2014), during the month of August, Houston can reach a record high of 101 degrees easily. This marks August as the month with the highest reported temperature. So what does that mean besides wearing light clothing, sandals, and shorts? Sunscreen! It’s time to protect your screen from those high rays.

You are probably in the habit of packing sunscreen for a day at the beach or pool. According to skin cancer foundation (2014), the sun is up there 365 days a year, and you need protection much of that time to reduce your lifetime sun-exposure total.

When not using sunscreen it may cause numerous of risks such as skin cancer, you may develop facial brown spots or discoloration, and increase the chance of development of wrinkled, premature aging skin (Oliver, 2014).

According to Skin Cancer Foundation (2014), you must have sunscreen that is SPF or higher that will not only reduce risks for damage from the sun but your children as well. With this sunscreen you must:
This applies to all outdoor activities: athletics, shopping, picnicking, walking or jogging, gardening, even waiting for a bus.

  • Be sure to cover often-missed spots: lips, ears, around eyes, neck, scalp if hair is thinning, hands, and feet.
  • Choose a product that suits your skin and your activity. Sunscreens are available in lotion, gel, spray, cream, and stick forms. Some are labeled as water resistant, sweatproof, or especially for sports; as fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, or especially for sensitive skin or children.
  • Reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if some of the product may have been removed while swimming, sweating, or towel-drying.

The best brand of sunscreen is the sunscreens that are labeled “waterproof”. According to UnitedHealth One (2014), Waterproof sunscreens provide an average of 80 minutes of skin protection. In addition, it is important for you to not only use sunscreen but to be sure to stay under the shade or cover up by wearing sunglasses and long sleeves.

So please protect yourself from this Texas August heat by putting on a long lasting sunscreen that will help reduce high risks.