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It's important to apply sunscreen all year long.

Who doesn't want to have youthful, glowing healthy looking skin? In order to get that, we need to maintain proper skin care year-round.

Esthetics training points out the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer to minimize your risk of skin cancer and avoid dealing with a nasty sunburn or suffering through a bout of sun poisoning, which is sure to put a damper on a vacation. While you may enjoy the bronzy hue of a tan,  you've most likely heard enough about the dangers of sunbathing (naturally or in a tanning bed) to not engage in the activity too often. And let's be honest, no one wants to be mistaken for older than they actually are.

In order to protect your skin year-round, you'll want to apply sunscreen every day. Specifically, you should be using at least SPF 15 365 days a year, even if you don't plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. Skipping this skin care step can lead a host of negative outcomes including wrinkles, sun poisoning and even melanoma.

Why do you need sunscreen all year long?
Since you are exposed to sun every day, applying sunscreen should be a habit for every season – not just summer.

"Most people aren't aware that UVA rays – which make up 95 percent of all UV rays – are almost equally intense during daylight hours all year long," Dr. Whitney Bowe, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City who specializes in skin rejuvenation, told Esquire magazine. "UV rays penetrate clouds and are also reflected off of snow, so when you step outside after a blizzard, you're not only getting UV rays from above, but they're bouncing back at you from below."

Knowing this, it's in the best interest of your health (and beauty) to make applying sunscreen part of your morning routine. Like brushing your teeth, making this act a habit will help keep your skin youthful and luminous for years to come.

If you're only going to be outside for a little bit – like when commuting to and from work or running errands - keep in mind that many facial moisturizers are made with SPF, so dabbing this on in the morning keeps your face supple and protected. However, if you're going to spend ample time outdoors in the sun, you'll want to apply an actual sunscreen with a higher SPF to your exposed skin.


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