Another Valid Place To Wear Sunscreen

Cadrene Heslop

Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer among Americans.

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer. Each year about 4.3 million adults get treated for basal cell. And the treatment of squamous cell carcinomas cost America about $4.8 billion.

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. More than two Americans die of skin cancer every hour. And five or more cases of sunburns doubles your risk of melanoma.

Yet, the sun's rays are not the only light damaging your skin.

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What effect does excessive light exposure have on your skin?

The average person in the US spends 7 hours and 11 minutes looking at a screen each day. But British people stare at devices for 6 hours and 25 minutes, and Filipinos stare for an average of 11 hours each day.

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes premature aging. The American Cancer Society says it can also lead to eye problems. Plus, wrinkles, leathery skin, and liver spots.

According to research, UV rays account for 80% of skin aging. A study of 300 women shows that a 2% increase in skin damage ages the face by three years. Overexposure to sun rays and device light can cause skin cancer.

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How can you protect your skin from phone and sun UV rays?

Consider wearing sunscreen indoors.

Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide block sun UV rays and blue light. These often bear the label, broad-spectrum SPF.

The dermatologist association recommends SPF 30 since it blocks 97% UVB rays. And SPF 15 only gives 93% protection. Do consider your skin type because some sunscreen ingredients irritate the skin.

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