sunburnWith summer in full swing and sunshine making an appearance on a regular basis, people are once again remembering how much a bad sunburn can hurt. While it may take some peeling skin and a whole bottle of aloe for someone to remember to use sunscreen, being prepared is the best defense.

Many people hold misconceptions about sunscreen, so to help your summer be a comfortable one, here are three sunscreen myths.

You Don’t Always Need Sunscreen

One of the most common beliefs among people is that they don’t always need to use sunscreen. They put a coating on when they hang by the pool or visit the beach but then neglect to use it any other time. In reality, ultraviolet light can still do damage to your skin, even if you’re in regular clothes. They also believe that if they can’t see the sun, they can’t get sunburned. The truth is, UV light can penetrate the clouds on an overcast day, and your skin can still be damaged if you don’t protect it. So you should put sunscreen on any exposed skin, even if you don’t think it’s necessary.

Sunscreen Stops You From Absorbing Vitamin D

Your skin absorbs vitamin D through UV rays, and sunscreen blocks UV rays. So, it makes sense that sunscreen would deprive your body of the necessary amounts of vitamin D. What people don’t realize is that sunlight can penetrate through your clothing and be absorbed by unprotected skin. Sunscreen also wears off over time, allowing the UV rays to penetrate your skin and giving your body the necessary amounts of vitamin D.

Darker Skin Doesn’t Require Sunscreen

There is a common misconception that people who have darker skin don’t need to use sunscreen. There are actually two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB. UVB rays are shorter length waves that cause sunburn and skin cancer, while UVA rays are longer waves that cause wrinkling and skin aging. People with darker skin have more melanin, which helps protect against UVB rays to an extent. However, UVA rays can still do damage and overexposure can lead to rapid skin aging and wrinkling. People with darker skin are also not protected against skin cancer.

Using sunscreen at all times is important, and the American Academy of Dermatology advises people to use a sunscreen that provides a water resistant, broad-spectrum protection with an SPF of 30 or higher. It’s also important to protect yourself against general beach injury, and receive proper medical care in the case of severe sunburn.

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