With awareness of the dangers of sunscreen use being stricken from the public consciousness, many people are “ditching” the stuff to get a tan without giving a second thought to their health. But what they don’t realize is that these days, there’s a lot more talk about sun safety than ever before and that the need for it has never been greater. So, before you throw your sunscreen out the window, read on to see why we put summer in sunscreen and the things you need to know about the sun.
- The sun can cause skin cancer
For decades, dermatologists and cancer doctors have told a well-known myth to explain increases in skin cancer. They claim that the sun can cause skin cancer. This myth is still being spread by the media that the sun can cause skin cancer. There is no scientific evidence that backs up this claim. When you look at the statistics, the sun is not even a primary cause of skin cancer.
- Using sunscreen for sun protection is a must
Using sunscreen is just a false myth, the theory goes, and it can even cause cancer. Research has supported this idea, and recent studies reveal that sunscreen can cause skin damage, leading to premature aging.
- The sun is strongest between 11 am and 3 pm
Most people believe its strongest rays are strongest between 11 am and 3 pm when it comes to the sun. But this “fact” is simply not true, and there’s an easy scientific explanation for why the sun’s intensity is highest at sunrise and sunset.
- Some foods can increase your risk of getting sunburn
Sure, you should always wear sunscreen when you’re outdoors. Still, it’s a common misconception that eating certain foods can make it difficult for your body to produce enough sun protection factors (SPF) needed to prevent sunburn. Foods containing certain components can indeed affect how your skin reacts to the sun, but it’s a myth that eating certain foods can cause sunburn.
- You should cover up with high factor sun cream
There are many myths out there about the dangers of sun exposure. We have all seen the ads: “SPF 30 — Same SPF as a car window!” and “SPF 50 — Same SPF as an OVEN!” These commercials are meant to raise the awareness of sunburns, but are they worth believing?
- Sometimes, you need to take vitamin D to make up for the lack of sun
Vitamin D is a nutrient that our bodies naturally produce when we are exposed to sunlight. The idea that we need to take vitamin D supplements to keep up with the lack of sun is just a false myth. There are quite a few misconceptions when it comes to vitamin D, such as that we only need to take vitamin D supplements during the summer.
- You shouldn’t use sunscreen when it’s cloudy
It’s been said since the dawn of summer that you shouldn’t use sunscreen when it’s cloudy because you’ll be protected from the sun by the clouds. This is a myth, and it gets to the point where the very idea of using sunscreen when it’s cloudy is even considered taboo.
- You must apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out
A lot of sunscreen myths have been floating around about sunscreen time, and while they generally sound like common sense, they’re completely untrue. You can get sunburned even if you have 10 minutes to spare.
- You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
The Sunscreen Myth is a popular myth that states that you should reapply sunscreen every two hours when you are outside. The reason behind this is that this is the same rate at which sunscreen is broken down by sunlight, which will cause skin damage in just a few hours. This myth is completely false.
- You can’t get sunburn if you are wearing a t-shirt
Common sense says you should put on a shirt after you get out of the sun. But it turns out that common sense is wrong: even if you are wearing a t-shirt, you can still get sunburn.
- You can get a tan to protect your skin from the sun
In most cases, tans are made by exposure to artificial UV light, which causes your skin to produce Melanin, a pigment that helps protect against sun damage. Not only that, but repeated tans make the skin more resilient to damage from the sun, which means you can get tanned again and again with no harm to your skin.