Summer is one of the best times of the year; warm weather tends to improve one’s mood greatly. But is what we have been taught growing up true – is the sun really bad for you? Whether you have fair skin or dark skin,thinking about sun exposure is a good idea because you don’t want to get burned or get heat stroke. We break down the game of ‘good-bad-good’ about the sun:
Myth: tanning before sun exposure is enough A tan is your body’s reaction to UV exposure, so in actuality getting a tan is a sign that damage has already taken place.
Myth: I have dark skin, so I can’t get sunburned Although very dark skin has a natural SPF, sunscreen should always be worn. As well, since tans aren’t as prominent in darker sin, skin cancer could also be harder to detect.
Myth: my face is the only place I need to protect Skin cancer isn’t limited to just your face; you can get it anywhere. Make sure to apply sunscreen everywhere, since the sun also makes the signs of aging more visible.
Myth: SPF 30 isn’t better than SPF 15 The number beside an SPF indicates how long it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing any sunscreen at all. An SPF 30 would take 30 minutes vs. SPF 15 which would take 15 minutes. That being said, sunscreen is only as eective as how well you apply it. Sunscreen must be applied at least 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun, and then reapplied about every two hours, and especially after getting wet or sweating.
Myth: I only need sunscreen at certain times The chance of burning is greatest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun is directly overhead. Although UVB rays are strongest at certain times of the day, UVA rays, which contribute to aging and some skin cancers, are present all day long. Even when it’s cloudy you can still get burnt.