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.