Why You Should Never Skip the Sunscreen

When you’re planning a day at the beach, or the pool, there are likely a lot of things on your mind: What swimsuit to pack, how many towels you should bring, and whether or not you’ll need a snack. But among those important things to consider, sunscreen should be one of them.

Even when it’s a cloudy or overcast day, you should be wearing sunscreen when you are outside all day. The sun’s rays are powerful, and can cause damage to your skin even through a layer of dark clouds. So no matter what, you should never skip the sunscreen.

Not wearing sunscreen can have some detrimental effects. Here are some of the dangers of not wearing sunscreen below.

Bad Sunburns

Not having any protection on your skin can result in some serious sunburns. Especially if it’s a warm and sunny day, as most Singapore days are, it can truly do some irreversible damage. If you are trying to get tan, or if you are laying out in the sand and enjoying the sun’s heat without any SPF coverage, you are prone to serious burns and blisters. Sunburns can become so bad that you may need medical attention to treat your wounds properly.

It is recommended to invest in a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before you spend a day at the beach or pool. Most affordable sunscreen brands offer much more powerful SPF protection, however. You may want to invest in other forms of UV protection for the best amount of coverage.

The Threat of Wrinkles

That’s right, you can risk gaining more wrinkles on your skin by not wearing sunscreen. Aside from the damage and burning it can do to your skin, it also can change your very appearance.

The sun can damage the collagen in your skin, as well as its connective tissues, which is what keeps the skin of your face taught and tight. When these parts of your skin are damaged, it tends to become looser, which can cause wrinkles and dimples to form.

Telangiectasias

Pronouncing that word may be a mouthful, but you’ll know it when you see it. Telangiectasias is the scientific term for broken blood vessels, especially when caused by prolonged UV exposure. You are at risk of contracting this condition the longer you are out in the sun without any protection.

Telangiectasias is a serious condition that not only creates dark blotches and spots across your skin, but actually damages many blood vessels within your body. This could lead to further complications such as blood clots, major skin damage, and even skin cancer.

Development of Sunspots

Sunspots are dark, pigmented spots that can appear anywhere on the skin. They are most commonly found on the skin as a sign of aging, which is why most sunspots appear on older individuals. However, increasing your exposure to the sun without any form of protection could result in the development of sunspots all over your skin.

Sunspots are evident in their hyper-pigmentation, which will speed up the effects of aging and do some irreversible damage to your skin. While it may be possible to get rid of some sunspots, they will likely remain as a warning why you shouldn’t go out into the sun without proper sunscreen.

Skin Cancer

Prolonged UV exposure could lead to the development of skin cancer. If you are consistently becoming sunburned, developing wrinkles, or breaking blood vessels, you may want to consult with a doctor right away to have your skin looked at.

The reason skin cancer is a possible effect of sun exposure is due to the fact that UV rays are a form of radiation. Being exposed for them for too long can cause you damage not only because the rays are very hot, but because they are radiated. While skin cancer is very treatable, it would be wise not to allow yourself to get to that point. So before heading to your next sunny vacation destination, make sure you’ve packed plenty of sunscreen with a decent amount of SPF protection.