How To Avoid Getting Sunburned

Sunscreen facts and rules are generally taught via word of mouth; which means the topic is frequently surrounded by folklore and faulty information.  After recently falling victim to some of these well known sunscreen myths myself, I decided to do some research and finally set the record straight. Here are some sunscreen myths to be wary of on a hot summer day.

MYTH: “You don’t need to wear sunscreen if it’s cloudy out”

Even on a cloudy day, you are still susceptible to sunburn. While light and warmth may not be able to travel through clouds very easily, around 80% of ultraviolet radiation from the sun still reaches earth.

MYTH: “An SPF below 30 won’t give you sufficient protection”

SPF stands for sun protection factor, and indicates how long your skin will be protected by the sun. The number following SPF stands for the number of minutes that your skin will be safe for (ie. SPF 10 give you ten minutes of sun protection).This means that low SPF sunscreen actually gives you the same protection as any other sunscreen, just for a shorter period of time. So as long as you re-apply in accordance to that specific SPF, you should be safe.

MYTH: “I only have to worry about UVB rays”

While UVB rays are the ones that give you those immediate sunburns, UVA rays still cause skin aging; which means they can also increase your risk of skin cancer. Always make sure to buy “broad spectrum” sunscreen, this means it protects against both type of rays.

MYTH: “Sunscreen doesn’t expire”

The protective ingredients found in sunscreen become less powerful as time goes on. Although sunscreen bottles are generally still effective for up to three years after you purchase them. It’s still worth it to double check the expiration date on that old sunscreen bottle you grabbed from the back of the medicine cabinet. Better safe than sorry!

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Written by: David Robinowitz

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