Sunscreen-is-important-during-a-weight-lossWhile enjoying the outdoors is what summer is all about, the damaging effects of spending too much time in the sun can be very serious. From sunburns to premature aging to increased risk of skin cancer, there are prices to be paid for spending extended time in the sun unprotected. Luckily, we have sunscreen to help offset the risks.

By now we should all know the importance of wearing sunscreen. But did you know it’s especially important to use sunscreen on a weight loss protocol? Here are some of the reasons why:

Increased Outdoor Activity: Many weight loss programs include increased physical activity, often outdoors. Whether it’s running, cycling, hiking, or walking, these activities expose you to the sun’s UV rays. Using sunscreen helps protect your skin from harmful effects such as sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer.

Skin Sensitivity: Most every weight loss protocol involves dietary changes or taking added supplements. These changes can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. For example, certain medications or foods can increase photosensitivity, making it easier to get sunburned.

Maintaining Skin Health: As you lose weight, your skin undergoes changes. Protecting it with sunscreen helps maintain its health and appearance, reducing the risk of sun damage which could lead to pigmentation issues, texture changes, or increased risk of skin cancer.

Overall Health: Using sunscreen is part of a holistic approach to health. Protecting your skin from UV damage is essential for long-term health and well-being, aligning with the goals of a weight loss protocol focused on improving overall health.

Remember to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, apply it generously, and reapply every two hours or more frequently if you are sweating or swimming.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, the first line of defense in protecting everything else. So, go ahead and enjoy those warm sunny days of summer, but be sure to grab the sunscreen before you head outside.