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National Sunscreen Day

Protect your skin and health on National Sunscreen Day - apply sunscreen regularly and stay safe in the sun!
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It's time to celebrate National Sunscreen Day on May 27th! This day was first launched in 2011 as a way to spread awareness about the importance of protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing sunscreen has been scientifically proven to reduce certain types of cancers, wrinkles, and age spots. So take some time today—and everyday—to make sure you're properly protected from the sun!

History of National Sunscreen Day

National Sunscreen Day Dates

National Sunscreen Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1938</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Commercial Sunscreen</div><div class='timeline-text'>Eugene Schueller, the founder of L’Oreal, is credited with creating the first commercial sunscreen product.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1944</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Red Vet Pet Introduced</div><div class='timeline-text'>WWII airman Benjamin Green invents a petroleum jelly-based sun protectant called Red Vet Pet as skin protection for soldiers in the Pacific.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>SPF Rating System Introduced</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) rating system was developed, providing consumers with a guide to their level of protection against harmful UVB rays.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UVA Awareness Rises</div><div class='timeline-text'>As skin cancer cases rose, scientists and dermatologists brought attention to the dangers of UVA rays, and the need for broad-spectrum sunscreen.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Sunscreen Day Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Sunscreen Day was first celebrated on May 27 to promote awareness about the importance of using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer and premature aging.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Sunscreen Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Apply sunscreen</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The most important way to celebrate National Sunscreen Day is to apply sunscreen. Make sure you apply a generous amount and get all of your exposed skin covered with the appropriate SPF for your skin type.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a sunscreen craft</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make something special on National Sunscreen Day. You can make a poster or card about the importance of wearing sunscreen or create a suncatcher using sunscreen containers.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Invest in SPF clothing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Sun protection doesn't have to be limited to sunscreen alone. Invest in some SPF clothing, like hats, shirts, and pants, to keep your skin safe when you're out in the sun.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate others about sunscreen</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>On National Sunscreen Day, it's important to educate others about the importance of wearing sunscreen properly and often. Make sure you spread the word to everyone you know.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a sunscreen party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrating National Sunscreen Day doesn't have to be boring! Host a sunscreen party with your friends and family and make it fun by playing beach games, having a picnic, or giving out prizes for the best sunscreen application techniques.</p></div></div>

Why National Sunscreen Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Sunscreen protects skin from sun damage</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Wearing sunscreen is important for protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Repeated exposure to UV radiation can cause sunburns, premature aging, and other medical issues such as skin cancer. Applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above can help protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Sunscreen helps prevent wrinkles & dark spots</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Prolonged exposure to sunlight accelerates the aging process in your skin, leading to visibly damaged skin, wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of premature aging. Wearing sunscreen every day (yes, even on cloudy days!) can help prevent these unsightly blemishes and also keep your skin looking young and healthy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Sunscreen prevents long term health risks</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Skin damage caused by ultraviolet radiation can lead to long term physical health problems if left unchecked. Wearing sunscreen every day is the best way to avoid these risks and make sure your skin stays healthy for years to come!</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Revelations for National Sunscreen Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Most Sunscreens Block UVB More Effectively than UVA Rays</h3><p class='facts-content'>While both UVB and UVA rays cause harm, most sunscreens are more effective at blocking UVB rays, which cause sunburn. However, UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply, contributing to aging and longer-term damage. This is why it's important to choose a "broad-spectrum" sunscreen, which protects against both types of rays.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Higher SPF Isn't Always Much Better</h3><p class='facts-content'>Sunscreens with higher SPFs, such as SPF 100, may not be vastly superior to those with an SPF of 30. The increase in protection becomes minimal after SPF 30, AND it might give users a false sense of security, leading them to spend more time in the sun than they should.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It is Essential to Reapply Sunscreen Every Two Hours</h3><p class='facts-content'>Regardless of the SPF level, sunscreens aren't effective all day. It's crucial to reapply every two hours and immediately after swimming, heavy sweating, or toweling off.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Certain Sunscreens Can Harm the Environment</h3><p class='facts-content'>Some sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate have been banned in certain locations due to their harmful effects on coral reefs. Look for "reef safe" labels when choosing a sunscreen, particularly if you'll be swimming in the ocean.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Not All Sunscreens are Equally Suitable for All Skin Types</h3><p class='facts-content'>People with sensitive skin, or conditions like rosacea or allergies, may need to use mineral-based 'physical' sunscreens, rather than 'chemical' formulas. Additionally, darker skin tones, which naturally have some protection against UVB rays but remain susceptible to UVA damage, might benefit from specific formulations.</p></div></div>

National Sunscreen Day FAQs

When is National Sunscreen Day?

National Sunscreen Day is celebrated on May 27 every year. In 2024 National Sunscreen Day will occur on a Monday.

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