July is UV Safety Month, and it’s a perfect time to shed light on the importance of sun protection and debunk some common myths about sun exposure. At Innovative MedSpa, we strongly believe in a holistic approach to skincare, and understanding the effects of UV rays is a significant part of this!
Myth 1: You Don’t Need Sunscreen on Cloudy Days
Even on overcast days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. So, whether you’re out on a sunny beach day or taking a stroll on a cloudy afternoon, don’t forget to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. It’s your best defense against early skin aging and skin cancer.
Myth 2: You Can’t Get Sunburned in the Shade
Sitting in the shade can reduce your risk of sunburn, but it doesn’t completely protect you from UV rays. Surfaces like water, sand and even concrete can reflect the sun’s rays, causing you to burn. So even if you’re under an umbrella or a tree, it’s crucial to protect your skin with sunscreen, protective clothing and sunglasses.
Myth 3: If You Tan But Don’t Burn, You Don’t Need Sunscreen
A tan might be a sign of skin damage rather than health. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, your skin produces more melanin—the pigment that gives your skin color—to protect itself. However, this doesn’t prevent skin damage, premature aging, or skin cancer. Remember, every skin type and tone needs sun protection.
Myth 4: You Only Need Sunscreen for Outdoor Activities
If you think you’re safe from UV rays while inside a car or behind a window, think again. While glass can block most UVB rays (the primary cause of sunburn), many UVA rays (associated with skin aging and skin cancer) can still pass through. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine is a must, regardless of your plans for the day.
Myth 5: You Don’t Need to Worry about Sun Protection After Certain Hours
While it’s true that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., you’re not completely safe outside these hours. You can still get burned in the early morning and late afternoon. Again, it’s important to make sun protection a daily habit.
This UV Safety Month, we hope to encourage better sun protection practices. Regular use of sunscreen, along with protective clothing and regular skin checks, can greatly reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature aging. Our team at Innovative MedSpa is here to assist you with all of your skincare concerns and guide you in selecting the best products for your skin type.
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