Considering how often people ask us about sun safety, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of frequently asked questions about staying sun safe.
So, without further ado, here are some of the most popular sun safety FAQs. Feel free to ask more in the comments section.
1. Do I need to wear sunscreen every day and all the time?
Yes and yes. Even on cloudy days or in snowy weather, the sun’s rays can be harmful. So slather on the sunscreen, diligently. Also, remember to reapply it every 2 hours or after you’ve been sweating heavily or swimming.
2. Is wearing sunscreen enough to keep me sun safe?
Not really. According to the EWG, “The FDA takes the position that ‘To date, there are no clinical studies demonstrating that use of any sunscreen alone can prevent skin cancer.’ (FDA 2011)” So, you need to have additional protection in the form of shade, sun protective clothes, and sunglasses.
3. Are sun protective clothes essential for the summer?
Yes, especially if you’ll be spending long hours out in the sun, and especially during the peak time of 11 AM to 4 PM. If you don’t own sun protective clothing, make sure you wear long-sleeved clothes in light, breathable material to keep yourself protected.
4. What should the perfect sun safety toolkit contain?
The perfect sun safety toolkit should contain a good mix of broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15, sun protective clothes and swim wear, sunglasses and shades, such as an umbrella.
5. What are SPF and UPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This post will help you understand more about SPF and sunscreens and how to choose one that is best for you.
6. Do children need the same level of sun protection?
Yes and in fact, babies under the age of 6 months should not be exposed to the sun at all. Here is our post on sun safety for kids.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to replace medical advice. Please seek the opinion of a medical practitioner before trying or using any of the tips listed.
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