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Screening against the sun

posted Mar 31, 2018, 7:14 AM by Andrew Tichy
By: Sydney Reierson

As most people know, the sun can do a lot of good things for your body. The weather and the seasons always seem to take a toll on people’s moods and life patterns. Not only does the weather affect our moods and the things we do throughout our day, but it also can affect our physical appearance. The sun is known to do wonders for our skin, but also some not so wonderful things.

Everyone wants to be tan and the summer is the time to go out and try your best to get one. “I always lay on the dock at my lake and hope that I can gain a little bit of color so I don’t look like such an eskimo,” says Paige Mcarthur. I asked her if she knew of anything bad that the sun can inflict on your skin. “I mean I know that you can get skin cancer and stuff like that but I don’t really know about anything else,” she told me.

We are aware that when the sun comes out, so do our freckles, our tans, and our lighter hair. We have also heard about skin damage and skin cancer, too. But there are so many other things that the sun can do to our skin.

One of the things that most people don’t know about your skin in relation to the sun is that the sun is responsible for 80% of premature skin aging, which leads to bad wrinkling later in life. The biggest thing you can do to prevent premature skin aging is using and reapplying sunblock regularly.

Another thing that the sun can do to your skin is actually clear your acne. The UV rays from the sun can actually weaken your body’s overactive immune system (what causes acne and psoriasis) which means less acne and clearer skin. However, it is not a smart idea to rely completely on the sun to clear your face, as the rays do weaken your immune system which is what can lead to skin cancer.

When I told Mcarthur about these things, this is what she told me. “I noticed that when I was outside it cleared my skin but I never knew why, so that’s pretty cool to know. I had no idea that it can cause you to be all wrinkly when you get older so that’s also good to know because that makes me want to be a little more careful.”

There are many things that the sun can do for your body, good and bad. Just always remember to be careful and to always take good care of your skin.. It’s the only skin you get!


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