How Well Are You Protecting Yourself From The Sun?May 31, 2022 5:24 pm
When you head out into the summer sun you may put on a little sunscreen, toss on a hat and maybe even wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. You probably think you’re doing really well at protecting yourself from the sun. The truth is you may or may not be.
In a recent study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 61% of those who were surveyed said they thought they were doing an excellent job with protecting their skin from the harmful rays of the summer sun. Also, 63% of all respondents said they had gotten a tan. These numbers sound pretty good and harmless from a standpoint of protecting yourself from the sun, but the truth is that if you’ve gotten a tan you are not doing a good enough job at protecting yourself from the sun.
The study also found some people had the misconception that a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 was twice as powerful as one with SPF 15, but that is not true. In reality, a difference of 15 SPF will only give you 4% more protection from UV rays then that of a sunscreen with SPF of 15.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 20% of all Americans will get skin cancer in their lives. The numbers are staggering when looked at on a daily basis where over 9,000 people each day are diagnosed with this type of cancer.
With all of this in mind, how well are you doing with protecting your skin from the sun? To determine this, ask yourself the following quesitons;
1.) Are you wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 100 or more?
2.) Are you wearing a hat that fully covers your face and neck area?
3.) Are you wearing sunglasses that are protecting your eyes from UV rays?
4.) Are you avoiding going outside in the middle of the day when the sun is at it’s highest and hottest point?
If you’ve answered yes to all of these questions you are likely doing a very good job at protecting yourself from the sun. However, it is important to note that there is no such thing as a “safe” suntan, so if you are still considering tanning you may want to rethink that in favor of keeping yourself safe from a potential skin cancer diagnosis over the course of your life.