What is a sunburn?

A Sunburn is trauma to the skin! The sun burn kills basal cells, which then lose their ability to grip on to the dermis. The epidermis and dermis loosen connection to each other. Since the dermis is the support structure of the skin, the result is sagging, wrinkling, and leathery texture, talk about aging!

Myths about sun exposure:

1. You don’t need sunscreen on a rainy or cloudy day.

Truth- UV radiation has no problem penetrating through clouds and rain. Just because we can’t see the sun doesn’t mean the sun isn’t there.

2. A tan is fine, as long as you don’t burn.

Truth- A tan is an indicator that your skin has been damaged by UV radiation. 3. You are safe in the shade and don’t need to wear sunscreen.

Truth- UV radiation is all around us everywhere. It is less powerful in the shade, but you are still being exposed to UV radiation.

4. You need a serious sunscreen only if you’re lying out at the beach or by the pool.

Truth- Again UV radiation is everywhere, the sun does not care where you are! Also moving around does not diminish sun damage. UV radiation follows you no matter how fast you run.

5. Tanning booths are safer than baking in the sun outside.

Truth- It’s proven that people who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma, 1.5 times more likely to get basal cell carcinoma, and a much higher risk for melanoma than those who do not use them.

6. Wearing a higher SPF (above 30) will protect your skin twice as long and twice as effectively.

Truth- SPF 30 is applied correctly it will give you the most complete protection from UVB radiation. However SPF does not refer to UVA protection at all.