Sun Safety Myths: Part One

Did you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime? While this may be a scary statistic, the good news is that skin cancer is highly preventable. When it comes to sun protection, focusing on the facts is important so both you and your family are prepared when you go outside to enjoy the weather. In this blog, we’ll be discussing some common sun safety myths and debunking them. As always, don’t forget to apply sunscreen every day, even if you’ll just be outside for a few minutes. Rocky Mountain Sunscreen is available in bulk sizes so you can always have plenty of our hypoallergenic sunscreen on hand. Order yours today!

Myth #1: You Can Only Burn in the Summer

Depending on your location, you can burn even in the winter time. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if the sun is out, you need to apply sunscreen. This is especially important if you live in a higher altitude or in an area of the world that has lots of sunshine year-round.

Myth #2: Apply Sunscreen Once and You’re Protected All Day

Unfortunately, this is one of the most common myths. Even if you’re applying sunscreen in the morning and plan to be inside all day, it’s important to reapply before you go outside again. This is because the active ingredients in the sunscreen break down over time and must be reapplied to protect your skin. If you’re outside in the sun, it’s important to reapply sunscreen as often as it states on the bottle or tube, which is typically 80 minutes. If you’re sweating or swimming, you need to reapply more often.

Myth #3: A Sunburn Won’t Hurt Me

Everyone has been sunburned at least once in their life, and while it may just seem like a minor inconvenience of summer, it can be extremely dangerous if not taken seriously. Every sunburn, even a minor one, that you get can increase your chances of melanoma and skin cancer. It’s important to schedule yearly skin checks with your dermatologist and to notify him or her of any skin changes or issues that you may be experiencing. If you or a family member has had a malignant growth, freckle, or mole removed, then it’s best to see your dermatologist at least twice a year for skin checks.

Myth #4: I Need to Be in the Sun to Get Enough Vitamin D

There’s a reason why being in the sun feels so good and boosts your mood. Your body uses sunlight to make vitamin D, which is important for many functions of the body. However, just 15-20 minutes of sunlight per day is all that is needed, which is the time of an average work commute.

Protecting your skin from the sun is essential and important for your health. In our next blog, we’ll be discussing some more sun safety myths and replacing them with the facts. Take care of your skin with Rocky Mountain Sunscreen. Our bulk sizes make using our hypoallergenic sunscreen regularly affordable, even for a larger family, daycare, or office. Shop our website and order your sunscreen today!

 

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