Check out the 10 biggest sun exposure myths, according to news site ninemsn.
Myth: Children need a lot of direct sun exposure, or they will develop a Vitamin D deficiency.
The average child gets enough Vitamin D from the sun during everyday activities, even when well protected with hats, sunscreen and clothing.
Myth: If my baby is jaundiced or has diaper rash, exposure to direct sunlight is helpful.
Expose your baby's chaffed skin to fresh air, not sunlight. Jaundice should be monitored by a doctor.
Myth: Sunscreen use may actually increase skin cancer rates.
Research shows problems can arise if people use sunscreen to prolong their time in their sun. If used correctly, broad-spectrum sunscreen can actually lower skin cancer rates.
Myth: My child has darker skin, therefore they are not at risk of skin cancer.
While it's true you are more at risk for skin cancer if you have fair skin and light-colored eyes, anyone of any skin color can develop skin cancer. Your risk is based on many other factors.
Myth: Skin cancer is easy to spot, easy to treat and only older people get it.
Skin cancer can happen when you're young and treatment can result in permanent scarring. Check your skin regularly and consult your doctor immediately if you notice any changes.
Myth: It takes at least a half-hour to get sunburned.
It is possible to get burnt in as little as 11 minutes due to the high levels or UV radiation year round. It's important to be protected whenever you're out in the sun, even for short periods.
Myth: Sunscreen is toxic.
Studies have found that exposure to oxybenzone, the chemical in sunscreen that blocks UV rays, is safe through normal sunscreen use.
Myth: By using sunless tanning lotion, I’m darkening my skin so it’s protected from the sun.
Fake tanning lotion is like dying your skin -- the change is only external. There is no improvement in your body's ability to protect itself from the sun.
Myth: One application of sunscreen in the morning is enough.
No sunscreen provides 100 percent protection and should always be used in conjunction with other sun protection methods. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours.
Myth: You can’t get sunburned in the car or through a window.
Glass significantly reduces transmission of UVB rays, but only a third of UVA rays. Both UVA and UVB radiation contribute to sunburn and skin cancer.
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