Why do we have to protect our skin from the sun?

The skin's natural protection is limited and varies from individual to individual. If the skin's intrinsic protection is no longer satisfactory, the sun's rays damage the skin cells, causing sunburn. Sunburn appears as redness of the skin, itchiness, flushing and swelling or blisters.

Even though the skin usually regenerates itself within a few days following sunburn, long-term damage has been caused. Every time you have sunburn, this increases the risk of skin cancer and results in irreversible skin damage (e.g. accelerated skin ageing). You can protect yourself from this by using sunscreen.

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