What You Don't Know About Sun Protection

By: Symone Grady


Summer is right around the corner and everyone is excited to be out at the pool or the beach enjoying the beautiful warm weather - Not to mention finally working on that tan! You have heard all of the warning signs and dangers about sun exposure, but we have come up with some interesting facts you may have NOT heard before!


You can protect your family's skin while doing the laundry...?

There is a new product approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation to ADD TO YOUR LAUNDRY! Yes, this product is called "SunGaurd" and is added to your load of laundry to add an extra boost of SPF to your clothes (approximately SPF 30). It is also super affordable, only $1.99 for a package.

Fruity, alcoholic cocktails increase your risk of sun damage

Yes, we're sorry. If you're the type to enjoy a Margarita or Pina Colada by the pool, be careful. Dermatologists now say that drinking sugar and alcohol can cause inflammation in your skin and will require you to reapply sunscreen more frequently than you expected. We're not saying ditch the cocktail, but just remember to reapply your SPF after you enjoy a beverage to get the most sun protection.

You can acquire sun damage in the strangest of places

“One of the most common places melanoma has been detected is between the toes, an area most women neglect,” according to Brian Bonanni, MD, a dermatologist practicing at the New York City spa Gotham Skincare. Try to remember to apply to ears, scalp, hands and feet - these are common places most people also forget.

There's not much difference between SPF 45 and SPF 100.

You may have always heard that the higher the SPF number, the better the sun protection, which to a certain extent is true. But did you know that once you go above SPF 45, you're not increasing the protection of your skin? Here's a breakdown of SPF levels: SPF 15 blocks roughly 94 percent of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UVB rays and a sunscreen with SPF 45 blocks about 98 percent of rays...after that there isn't really a point. There is no level of sunscreen that will protect against 100% of sun rays.

The most vital part of your body that sunscreen CANNOT protect...

Your eyes are the only place that cannot be protected by sunscreen. You may have not known this, but you can get skin cancer in your eyes if you don't use proper eye protection. You think just closing your eyes will protect them but even your eyelids are too thin to block UV rays. Today, all sunglasses are now required to provide 95% protection against UVB rays and 60% against UVA rays.


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