Before you think of having fun in the sun, consider sun protection first. Ultraviolet rays can be harmful to the skin. UVA rays can age the skin, cause melanoma, and lead to skin cancer. UVA rays are damaging as well. It causes cataracts, sunburn, and damage to the immune system. To keep yourself safe from the sun, it is essential to wear sunscreen.

FAQs about sunscreen:

How can I choose which sunscreen to wear?

There are many considerations to look into when choosing sunscreen. But what is critical is for you to look for broad-spectrum protection because it protects against UVA and UVB rays. In addition, you need to decide whether you want the sunscreen to be waterproof, sweat-proof, and which SPF is right for you.

Am I still at risk of sun damage if I have dark skin?

It is true that people with light skin are at the highest risk for skin cancer. However, everyone is at risk of skin cancer. In addition, everyone is at risk of eye damage from UV exposure as well.

Will I still get sunburned if I wear sunscreen?

The sunscreen is merely a temporary protection again harmful UV rays. It is essential to make sure that you use enough sunscreen and reapply when necessary. Take note of the Sun Protection Factor (SPF). According to the FDA, the SPF will let you know how long you can stay under the sun without getting burned.

For example, if you can stay in the sun for 15 minutes before you turn pink, an SPF 15 product can let you stay for 3 ½ hours under the sun. But if you generally start to turn pink after 10 minutes, you can stay under the sun for only 2 ½ hours. The formula used is simple: 15 (SPF) x 10 (minutes) = 150 hours, approximately 2 ½ hours.

Tips to Protect Yourself from the Sun

Center for Disease Control and Protection: Protect Yourself from the Sun

American Cancer Society: How do I Protect Myself from UV?

Paula’s Choice: Sun Essentials

Sunscreen Resource Center

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Federal Trade Commission: Protecting Kids from the Sun

Cancer Research: Protecting Children in the Sun

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