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The Pros and Cons of Wearing Sunscreen

Posted on 10 June 2014

Cons?! How can there be cons to wearing sunscreen? Objectively, there are a number of reasons people choose not to wear sunscreen, and they even make a little bit of sense.

1. Sunscreen Can Be Costly

The top 5 recommended sunscreens are all upwards of $10 each for a small bottle. Sunscreen every day for the entire family can add up, and slip through the cracks.

2. Feels Gross

Many sunscreens can be greasy and messy. Spray sunscreens? Spotty coverage. Rub on application? Your entire face shines like a mirror. It also smells weird, stings if it gets into your eyes, and tastes funky.

3. Clogged Pores

 Acne. These afflictions usually affect an older crowd, but clogged pores can still happen!

4. Wait Time

 After application, you have to wait before you can hop into the pool!

5. Potentially Harmful

There is some debate between experts surrounding certain chemicals found in sunscreens. Ask your doctor which sunscreen is recommended for you and your child. 

The Pros of Wearing Sunscreen

1. Health & Safety

Doctors and dermatologists highly recommend the use of sunscreen daily in order to prevent a variety of health problems, namely skin cancers and melanoma.  Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. As little as 15 minutes of exposure can damage your skin. The use of sunscreen can help decrease your risk of skin cancer.

2. Beautiful Skin

 Sun exposure leads to the majority of wrinkles and sunspots. Including sunscreen into your daily rituals of getting ready can help protect your skin from premature aging!

The American Association of Dermatology recommends using a SPF 30 or higher, water resistant sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after getting out of the water and toweling off.

Sun Protective Clothing Clothing & Sunscreen

The most effective way to keep healthy skin and prevent skin cancer is with sun protective clothing and sunscreen together. UPF or sun protective clothes use special fabric blends which naturally blocks UV radiation. Chronic childhood  sun exposure leads to a high risk of developing skin cancer. Using UPF clothing and sunblock is the best way to protect your children from sunburn and skin cancer. 

Little Leaves Clothing provides affordable and fashionable sun protective clothing for the entire family. Our unique fabric blend makes Little Leaves playwear lightweight, durable, hypoallergenic, moisture absorbent, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.

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  • Desiree McIntyre: March 11, 2019

    This Article has a lot of info for sunscreen so THANK YOU!!!!:)

  • Becca Holton: March 11, 2019

    That’s surprising that only 15 minutes under that sun can damage your skin. The time it takes for that to occur is a lot shorter than I would have guessed. It is no wonder why it’s important to make sure to wear sunscreen. https://blackgirlsunscreen.com/

  • Nikita Nair: August 17, 2017

    This article was very informative and nice :)

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