Do you think you're smart about sun safety? If you don't protect your skin properly, it can lead to a multitude of concerns including sagging, wrinkles, age spots, early aging, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, and skin cancer. There are many surprising sun safety facts that you may not follow regularly. Take our quiz below to see if you're smart in the sun:
1) What times of day are the sun's rays most intense?
a. In the morning
b. From 12:00-4:00pm
c. From 10:00am-2:00pm
d. They're the same all day after sunrise and before sunset.
2) The SPF in makeup alone can provide enough protection for your skin.
3) People with which hair color are more at risk for skin cancer?
d. Hair color doesn't impact your risk
4) You need to protect your eyes from the sun, too.
5) What's the best way to protect your skin from the sun?
a. Never go outside
b. Get a base tan
c. Wear makeup with SPF
d. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply throughout the day
6) You don't need to wear sunscreen when it's cloudy outside.
7) Using a tanning bed raises your risk for skin cancer.
b. Only if you've used one many times
c. Only if you're using it continually; the risk goes away when you stop using tanning beds
8) The majority of your sun damage occurs before the age of 18.
9) You don't need to wear sunscreen every day, only on days where you're going to be outside for long periods of time.
a. Correct; if you are going to be inside all day you can skip it.
b. You don't need to wear it every day, but you should apply if you're going to be outside for a little bit.
c. You need to apply it every day, but you can spend 30 minutes outside before you apply to build a base tan.
d. You need to wear sunscreen every single day no matter what.
1) Question: What times of day are the sun's rays most intense?
Answer: C, From 10:00am-2:00pm
The sun's rays are the most intense from 10:00am to 2:00pm, but they are still dangerous the rest of the day. If you don't need a flashlight to see, you need to wear your sunscreen.
2) Question: The SPF in makeup alone can provide enough protection for your skin.
Answer: B, False
"You would have to wear layer upon layer upon layer of makeup – much more makeup than an average person would wear – to reach the SPF level needed for protection. And, many makeup products may have SPF, but not a broad spectrum SPF, which protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Instead, apply a broad spectrum sunscreen that provides UVA and UVB protection. BioelementsSPF 50 FaceScreen is specifically designed to use on your face and works flawlessly under makeup." – Carol Byrne
3) Question: People with which hair color are more at risk for skin cancer?
Answer: C, Redheads
Natural redheads, regardless of their skin tone, have a 102% higher risk of skin cancer than brunettes (1). However, all hair colors are still at risk for skin cancer.
4) Question: You need to protect your eyes from the sun too.
Answer: A, True
Your skin is not the only part of you at risk when you soak up some rays. Extended exposure to UV rays has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, and diseases that can cause temporary vision loss. Even though it's shocking, your eyes can burn. It's called Keratitis, or corneal sunburn and it's frequently seen in people who use tanning beds without protection and skiers or snowboarders (2). Not to mention, your eyelids can burn very easily! Always wear sunglasses that specifically say they have UV protection.
5) Question: What's the best way to protect your skin from the sun?
Answer: D, Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply throughout the day
The best way to keep skin safe is to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen (like RayDefense and SPF 50 Facescreen) every day and reapply throughout the day. One of the biggest myths when it comes to sun safety facts is the idea of the "base tan". Despite popular belief, they are a myth and provide absolutely no protection whatsoever.
"There is no such thing as a safe or protective tan; any tan at all is a sign of skin damage. Your skin tans as a response to UV damage. Even tanning occasionally greatly increases your risk of skin cancer and many other skin concerns." – Debi Williams, licensed esthetician,Image Is… Salon
6) Question: You don't need to wear sunscreen when it's cloudy outside.
Answer: B, False
"Sunscreen needs to be applied every single day because 80% of the sun's rays come through on cloudy days. Over time this will lead to accumulative sun damage and early aging." – Dawn Gantt, Bioelements educator and licensed esthetician
7) Question: Using a tanning bed raises your risk for skin cancer.
Answer: A, True
Even using a tanning bed just once raises your risk of melanoma by 23%. Using tanning beds regularly for more than a year increases your risk by a whopping 61% (3). The FDA and CDC agree that tanning beds are definitely carcinogenic.
8) Question: The majority of your sun damage occurs before the age of 18.
Answer: B, False
Sun damage occurs throughout your life, so protection is always crucial. "Sun damage is cumulative throughout your entire life and you are exposed constantly. 10 minutes here, 5 minutes there, day in and day out will continue to damage the skin. Even sitting inside near a window puts you at risk." – Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education
In fact, studies show that 23% of your totally sun exposure occurs before age 18, 25% happens from ages 19-40, 26% occurs from ages 41-59, and 26% beyond that (4).
9) Question: You don't need to wear sunscreen every day, only on days where you're going to be outside for long periods of time.
Answer: D, You need to wear sunscreen every single day no matter what.
You have to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen every day no matter what. Even if you don't leave your home UV rays can penetrate windows, leaving you vulnerable all day long. The most sun damage that occurs often happens from everyday activities too, like running errands, or walking from your car to your work. UV damage is accumulative so it's crucial to stay protected at all times.
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