Surprising facts about skin and sunburn
Fiction: A tan protects you from the sun…
Fact: A dark tan on white skin offers only limited protection equivalent to an SPF of about 4. A tan results from your body defending itself against further damage from UV radiation. It is an obvious sign it needs more UV protection.
Fiction: You can’t get sunburn on a cloudy day…
Fact: Up to 80% of solar UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover. Haze in the atmosphere can even increase UV radiation exposure.
Fiction: UV radiation during the winter is not dangerous…
Fact: UV is present in the same amount regardless of season of the year. Snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude. Pay particular attention in early spring when temperatures are low but the sun’s rays are unexpectedly strong.
Fiction: Sunscreens protect me so I can sunbathe much longer…
Fact: Sunscreen should not be used to increase sun exposure time, but to increase protection during unavoidable exposure. The protection depends on correct application and re-application.
Fiction: You can’t get sunburned while in the water…
Fact: Water offers only minimal protection from UV radiation, and reflections from water can enhance your UV radiation exposure.
Fiction: If you take regular breaks during sunbathing you won’t get sunburn…
Fact: UV radiation exposure is cumulative during the day (and lifetime, therefore early childhood protection is critical!)
Fiction: If you don’t feel the hot rays – you won’t get sunburn…
Fact: Sunburn is caused by UV radiation which cannot be felt. The heating effect is caused by the sun’s infrared radiation and not be UV radiation.
Our favourite fiction: Close windows if you don’t want sunburn…
Fact: UV light cannot be stopped by closing windows. We are always exposed to it even on a cloudy day, in the shade, in winter, even indoors through closed windows.
An excerpt from the W.H.O. Global Solar UV Index report on the facts and fictions about UV radiation sunburn and sun protection LEARN MORE
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OMG I’m seriously going to protect my skin way better from now on
This is crazy important!! I have been always thinking what should I use, thanks for explaining this.