If you missed our recent #GetOutOfTheSun Twitter Chat with Neutrogena and Dermatologist, Dr. Paul Cohen, a few weeks ago—we wanted to make sure you still took away some important sun safety tips that you may not have known yet. Here are five that we felt everyone needs to keep in mind!
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Sunburns as a teenager are serious business.
Developing 5 or more sunburns before the age of 20 increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80%. The primary cause of sunburn is the penetration of UVB rays to the outer layer of your skin, which causes damage to those skin cells. In addition to UVB damage, UVA rays penetrate deeply into skin and are linked to premature aging. Ultimately, both types of sun damage can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
There is no such thing as a safe base tan.
Reality check: there’s no such thing as a safe base tan. Any color you gain from the sun is a sign of skin damage. A tan only offers sun protection equivalent to SPF 2-3 and studies show that having a tan plays a minimal role in protecting skin against sunburn. Skin cancer can happen to anyone and is related to sun exposure. Be sun smart and wear SPF daily, reapply regularly and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
A hat and sunglasses are NOT enough!
Did you know that beach sand reflects 25% of the sun’s rays and sunlight can penetrate water up to 600 feet? So— in addition to a hat and sunglasses, you need water-resistant, photostable, broad-spectrum UVA / UVB sunscreen protection. Approximately 80% of sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds and cause over-exposure and sun damage, meaning you need to wear SPF, even on cloudy days. Winter SPF is important too! Snow can reflect 80% of sun’s rays, so you need to protect yourself accordingly. As the ozone layer decreases, sun brightness and intensity increases; ozone is thinnest in winter, so sunscreen is actually crucial year-round.
Sunscreen is always necessary—even indoors.
UVA rays penetrate glass, meaning that you’re still vulnerable to the aging effects of sun damage even if you’re sitting at your desk or driving in your car. We’ve all seen that photo of the man with two faces highlighting the impact of the sun’s rays penetrating through glass, so it’s important to protect exposed skin from harm by wearing SPF every day, even if you’re spending majority of your time inside.
Higher SPF levels are recommended if you’re not diligent about applying and reapplying.
Studies show people routinely do not apply enough sunscreen. You should be applying 1 ounce of sunscreen to your body, which is about enough to fill a shot glass. No matter what value SPF you’re wearing, you should always reapply every 2 hours and remember to touch-up your SPF after water activities or sweating. With that being said, an SPF of 50+ is also a good choice since it helps make up for misapplication. More UV rays pass through SPF 30 than SPF 50, and, that difference becomes significant over a lifetime of cumulative, daily sun exposure.
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