UV radiations are hitting their extreme levels throughout the world. With skin cancer being the most common cancer in the United States, protecting ourselves from the sun is more important than ever. Sun protection is essential to keep you and your family safe, especially during the summer months.
You can check the sun protection times for each day using a weather app, so you are aware of the times when UV radiation is high enough to cause damage to your skin. Here are some of the most common myths about sun protection that you need to steer clear of.
You have to be in direct sunlight to get a sunburn
The fact is the actual sunlight does not damage your skin. It is the Ultraviolet radiation in the sun that causes damage. Even though you can’t feel or see them, these rays could easily get reflected off various surfaces such as grass, water, and even the sand. So even though a shade sail or a leafy tree can easily block some UV rays, they are just bouncing around.
A tan over time is safe
Any tan would be a sign of getting UV damage, despite the fact that you deliberately wanted one. The change to your skin tone is ultimately a change to the cell DNA of your skin. A tan is known as’ incidental’ damage since it’s generally the UV damage that you get when you are out in direct sunlight. All UV damage, including accidental sunburns, incident tans, and deliberate suntans, keep building over time to enhance your risk of getting a skin disease.
Clouds protect me from the UV rays
UV rays are just as bad for your skin on a cloudy or cool day as when the day is sunny and hot. You just can’t feel or see these vicious rays, so you need to make sure that your senses don’t fool you.
The damage has already been done
No matter how much time you have already spent in the sun before, you can never be too late to protect yourself against skin cancer. Skin cancer is considered to be one of the easiest cancers to prevent since sun protection works effectively at all ages. Whether you are 60 years old or a newborn, you can protect yourself equally.
Our body is constantly in a state of rejuvenation, so do not give up the fight!
My moisturizer has a SPF rating
Moisturizers and cosmetics that are equipped with SPF are excellent add-ons to your sun protection kit, but they cannot solely protect you against sun damage. You need to use a regular broad-spectrum sunscreen instead and keep topping it up at regular intervals.
Sunscreen blocks the Vitamin D benefits
Skin could be sunburnt within 11 minutes on a clear day. Hence you don’t have to worry about vitamin D. If you would just expose your hands and arms for a few minutes in the early morning, you will fill up on your vitamin D supply while being safe.
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