In 1997, Mary Schmich wrote a column titled "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young" for the Chicago Tribune, in which she gave a hypothetical commencement speech filled with advice about the importance of wearing suncreen (and flossing, and being kind to yourself and others, amongst other things).
Film director Baz Luhrrman then turned it into the famous spoken word song you've probably heard titled “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” in which he repeats her advice; “Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '99, wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.” Over 20 years later, this advice still rings true.
If you haven’t already been lectured by a dermatologist (or Luhrrman) about the importance of wearing sunscreen everyday, we’ll gladly take over. It protects your skin from the sun's damaging UV rays (yes, even when it’s cloudy) which cause sun spots, sagging and wrinkles over time. It also protects you from pollutants in the air, including cigarette smoke. Who knew? Well, dermatologists do, but who has one of those?!
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