Blazing hot temps across Washington state means we should all be using sunscreen. And more of it. About an ounce every two hours is recommended. SPF 30 or above.

Don't just think of the sun's rays as sunlight, think of it as radiation that can damage your skin - or worse.

Below are five great reasons to wear sunscreen, for your health and for your good looks!

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    Sunscreen Helps Prevent Sunburn

    Getting sunburned sucks. It's painful, it's itchy and irritating, and it's entirely preventable by applying and re-applying sunscreen every couple of hours throughout the day.

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    Sunscreen Helps Prevent Skin Cancer

    You are more likely to get skin cancer than any type of cancer. And if it's melanoma, which is more rare, but deadly, it can spread to other parts of your body. Sunscreen helps you avoid what could be a serious health issue for you.

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    Sunscreen Keeps You Looking Young

    Aging is a natural part of life. But some people seem to hang onto their smooth skin longer than others. What is their secret? While family genes play a role, it's also likely that they take care of their skin. Wearing sunscreen every day, even on a cloudy day, can aid in your fight against premature aging.

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    Sunscreen Helps You Avoid Broken Blood Vessels

    While broken blood vessels sounds like a  serious a problem, it's mostly bad for your ego. Who wants to walk around with blotchy lines and discoloration on their face, or any other part of the body?

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    Sunscreen Keeps Your Skin Tone Even

    Let's face it, you're never going to look like a Kardashian if you have blotchy skin. Prevent brown spots and other skin discoloration by applying sunscreen.