Facts and Myths of Sunbathing
- Tanned skin is body’s defense from further damage by UV rays.
- Darker skin provides limited protection equivalent to using SPF 4 cream.
- 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds
- Water provides minimal protection from UV radiation, but reflection can increase the negative effect of UV rays on the skin.
- UV radiation is weaker in winter, but the snow reflects the rays, especially in higher places, which can lead to burns.
- Burns are caused by UV rays that you do not always feel as heat.
- UV exposure is cumulative during the day.
- Tanned skin is healthier.
- Tanned skin protects from the sun.
- Cannot get burned when it is cloudy outside.
- Cannot get burned while in water.
- UV radiation in winter is not dangerous.
- Sunscreens protect the skin and you can stay in the sun for a long time, especially when it is windy outside and pleasant for sunbathing.
If you take frequent breaks during the day, you can not burn.