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Sunscreen + Your Blood Pressure

Here’s a tip for a longer life: Slather on sunscreen regularly. Research shows it lengthens our lifespan by preventing UVA and UVB radiation damage.

But its effects aren’t just skin deep.

Yes, that’s right: Just by applying sunscreen daily, you could also reduce this health problem as well. Here’s how.

How it Protects Blood Vessels

According to new research presented at the American Physiological Society’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., sunscreen could also protect your blood vessels as well.

Their research shows that, over time, ultraviolet radiation–that’s radiation from the sun–damages blood vessels, affecting their ability to dilate. Poor blood vessel dilation can lead to serious health complications, such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and even erectile dysfunction.

This means if you have a family history of heart problems, applying sunscreen is essential. Making it a daily habit is a must, especially if you’re over 50, when heart problems increase significantly.

So what’s the best way to use sunscreen?

– Aim for an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or more. Anything lower won’t provide enough protection against UVA and UVB rays.

– Apply a spoon-sized amount to any exposed areas of your body for adequate coverage. The more you apply, the better–it helps protect your skin better.

– Make sure to apply it 30 minutes before sun exposure. This allows the chemicals in it to activate, keeping your skin protected.

Now that’s a simple way to live longer–and all you have to do it apply it daily. Here’s to healthier skin and heart health!

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