It's summertime, and that means sun protection is a hot topic! With all of the sun protection myths out there, it can be hard to know what to believe. In this blog post, we will debunk the most common sun protection myths. Stay safe in the sun this summer by following the advice in this post!
Myth #1: Wearing sunscreen is all you need to do to protect yourself from the sun.
Wrong! While sunscreen is important, it is not the only thing you need to do to protect yourself from the sun. You should also wear protective clothing and limit your time in the sun.
Myth #2: The higher the SPF, the better sun protection you will get.
Not necessarily! SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and the number after it means how well the sunscreen protects skin against sunburn. It is not an indicator of how long you can stay out in the sun. The number indicates how much longer it takes untanned skin to start to redden with sunscreen applied compared to how long it takes to start reddening without it.
Myth #3: If you don't burn, you don't need sun protection.
Wrong! Even if you don't sunburn easily, you are still at risk for skin damage from the sun. UVA rays can cause premature aging and increase your risk for skin cancer. So make sure to wear sunscreen even if you don't burn easily.
No sunscreen can ever block sunburn and associated skin damage completely; sunscreen is only one part of effective sun protection, and not a front-line defense.
Myth #4: You only need sun protection when it's sunny outside.
Wrong! You can be exposed to harmful UV rays even on cloudy days. So make sure to wear sunscreen whenever you are going to be outdoors, no matter what the weather is like. Sun protection is important all year round, not just in the summer.
There you have it! The most common sun protection myths debunked. Follow the advice in this blog post to stay safe in the sun this summer. Stay sun savvy!
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