UV myths that you need to stay away from
There are a lot of myths about ultraviolet (UV) radiation out there. We want to debunk a few to help you stay safer.
Myth: You need to spend a lot of time in the sun to get enough vitamin D
Truth: There are many who believe that you need to spend hours in the sun to get your required dose of Vitamin D. This is patently false, and could put you at more risk of damaging your skin instead.
For some people, as little as 15 minutes in the sun can be enough. Just remember to protect yourself – as you’re still going to be hit by UV rays even if you only spend a little bit of time in direct sunlight each day.
Myth: Clouds lower the effect of UV rays
Truth: What you can’t see can’t hurt you, right? Wrong.
Even if you don’t see the sun hanging over your head during a cloudy day, that doesn’t mean that harmful UV rays aren’t touching your skin. You still need to have sunscreen on if you’re going to spend time outside during a cloudy day. Some estimates place that up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds.
Myth: Darker skin keeps you safe from skin cancer
Truth: Many people believe that dark skin comes with a magical protection against the harmful effects of UV rays. This is a misunderstanding at best. People with darker shades of colour may have more melanin in their skin, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be damaged by UV rays.
On top of that, there are also strains of skin cancer that are more prevalent in those with darker skin – like acral lentiginous melanoma. Everyone needs protection from the sun!
Remember, if you’ve got to spend time out in the sun, even for short bursts, it’s good to protect yourself. For some light protection, you should use our Ultra Protect Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. In cases where you are still slightly burnt, you can consider soothing your delicate skin with our after sun care series over here.