7 most common myths of sun protection

Common knowledge has led to us to take for granted many of the sun’s risks. Many of them are nothing but myths, though. We’ll debunk them for you.

1. I need to soak up some vitamin D, so I’m not going to use sunscreen

In Victoria, 11 minutes is the time it takes for you to get sunburnt on a clear summer’s day. Basically, you won’t have a hard time levelling up your vitamin D this time of year.

If you expose your arms and legs to UV rays just a few minutes in the early morning or late in the afternoon, this should be enough for you to meet your vitamin D requirements in summer.

Speak to your doctor if you belong to a vitamin D deficiency group so you can you make it up with supplementation. Avoid overexposure to UV.

2. I don’t burn; therefore, I won’t get skin cancer

Whatever your skin type, we assure you it can get damaged and ultimately develop into skin cancer. Therefore, everybody needs to use sun protection.

Sporting a tan can make you feel good on the outside, but when skin browns, this is actually the result of skin cells being damaged.

3. There’s SPF in my cosmetics already; therefore, I don’t need sunscreen

Having cosmetics and moisturisers with SPF is better than none whatsoever. However, you should bear in mind that most cosmetics offer a protection that is much lower than the SPF30 recommended. On top of that, they’re most likely not going to be broad-spectrum, i.e., they won’t filter both UVA and UVB radiations.

4. You never used any sunscreen as a kid. Why bother now?

It’s true that overexposing your body to the sun’s UV rays in the first 10 years of life doubles lifetime risk of melanoma. However, exposing your body to it later in life also counts. Weather you’re 5 or 50, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer at any stage in life.

5. You won’t get sunburnt in the shade

What damages your skin is actually UV radiation, not sunlight. Sand, water and grass are some of the surfaces that UV rays reflect off, even though you can’t see or feel them.

While some elements of nature, for example, will protect you from the sun, others will be used as a vehicle from the UV rays to reach your skin.

6. A gradual tan over summer is ok

It may not seem like it, but every tan is a sign that your skin is damaged by UV. Over time, every sort of UV damage will be increasing your chances of developing skin cancer. So, even when you’re outdoors and oblivious to the power of the sun, slop some sunscreen on.

7. If you tan without burning, then you’re fine without sunscreen

Wrong. Again, brown skin is a sign of dead skin cells. This means your skin got damaged by the sun, even if it isn’t red or peeling. It’s its way of protecting itself against UV rays. Skin cancer isn’t the only thing you should worry about, though. Tanning without burning can also cause your skin to age prematurely.

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