For a simple product, sunscreen sure has a complicated existence. With all the myths and rumors out there, you’d think sunscreen was some sort of top-secret government project. Part of the confusion is because most people believe what they want to hear, whether good or bad. For common summer body products, it seems only sunscreen has its own catalog of urban legends. Sorry, suntan lotion, lip balm and other assorted ointments…you just don’t have sunscreen’s conspiracy credibility.
But what does the research on sunscreen reveal? And which myths should you simply flat-out ignore? This blog post is the SPF 100 remedy that will repel those most harmful sunscreen legends, rumors and misinformation.
Rumor #1 – Sunscreen prevents skin cancer
Don’t believe the myth. Due to genetic factors, local climate or just plain old bad luck, people are subject to skin cancer, even with sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) rating of 50 or more. The SPF rating indicates a given sunscreen’s effectiveness in blocking UVB rays. For comprehensive protection, you need a sunscreen that contains UVA (long-wave ultraviolet light) rays, too.
Rumor #2 – Sunscreen causes cancer
It’s hard to see where exactly this one got started, but it’s not true. People have been using sunscreen widespread for at least a few generations, with no adverse side effects. The danger is not in skipping sunscreen because you think it’ll cause cancer – the danger is not using it regularly in the summertime. The truth: not using sunscreen can cause cancer (basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, etc.).
Rumor #3 – One application per day is enough
Dermatologists recommend multiple applications per day, especially for swimmers and athletes. Better safe than sorry – and since an extra application of sunscreen can’t hurt, it will only help.
Rumor #4 – If it’s cloudy, I can skip the sunscreen
By this logic, you believe that the sun’s rays travel over 90 million miles through space, reach the Earth’s atmosphere, and are suddenly stymied by a few billowy clouds. The sun will find you, even if you can’t see it. Use sunscreen at all times outdoors.
Rumor #5 – It messes with my metabolism
This rumor is based on the false belief that sunscreens limit your body’s ability to absorb and process Vitamin D. Remember rumor #4 above? The sun always finds you. If you’re outside, you’ll get enough Vitamin D.
If you’ve been outside this summer without enough sunscreen and are suffering from a sunburn, or are concerned you may have sun poisoning, stop by an Urgent Care Extra office today. You can also speak with a UCE consultant at (480) 840-3075, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for visiting the UCE website!