3 Crazy Sun Protection Facts You Might Not Know

It’s the time of year when many people are focused on losing weight and getting in better shape, but if you want to make a big improvement to your health this year …

How about reducing your chances of getting skin cancer?

The American Cancer Society says many of the more than 5 million skin cancer cases that are diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting your skin from excessive sun exposure and not using indoor tanning devices.

It’s no secret that skin care is one of the most overlooked aspects of a healthy lifestyle, despite skin cancer being the most common form of cancer

So here are three little-known secrets of sun protection to help you better protect yourself and your family in 2019 and beyond.

1. New Technology Uncovers Hidden UV Skin Damage

Most of us are familiar with sun burns and the painful effects of getting too much sun at once, but new photograph technology makes it possible for us to see the shocking extent of UV exposure to human skin.

Image courtesy of Dr. Robert P. Dellavalle, Professor of Dermatology and Public Health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

As you age, the damage the sun causes to your skin accumulates over time, and the risk of developing skin cancer dramatically increases as you continue to get more UV exposure.

Just because the damage can’t be seen, doesn’t mean it is not present and potentially posing a serious threat to your health.

Other areas of the body are routinely exposed to UV radiation on a daily basis, but this type of damage can be prevented with UV Skinz UV-blocking clothing.

New Technology Uncovers Hidden UV Skin Damage

Sadly, the new technology behind the UV-exposure photos have revealed skin damage in children as young as 2 years old!

Aside from the increased risk of skin cancer, sun damage prematurely ages your skin and robs it of its vitality.

2. Recent Study Proves 67% of Sunscreens FAIL to Protect Users

Although sunscreen can help protect your skin from the sun, many sunscreens do not provide the protection they claim.

A new study published in the Environmental Working Group’s 12th annual Sunscreen Guide found an alarming 67% of the sunscreen products that were tested failed to shield out harmful UV radiation!

Recent Study Proves 67% of Sunscreens FAIL to Protect Users

In addition to this, many sunscreens contain harmful chemicals which are detrimental to both your health and the environment. Oxybenzone, a chemical found in most sunscreens, has been linked to causing hormone disruptions in humans and damaging the development of coral reefs around the world.

For these reasons, it is best to protect and cover your skin with UV-protective clothing as much as possible.

3. Cloudy or Not … UV Exposure Happens 365 Days a Year

Let’s be honest, thinking about sun protection is mostly something we do on hot and sunny days.

However, The Skin Cancer Foundation has found that up to 80% of the ultraviolet (UV) rays produced by the sun are able to pass through cloud-cover and still cause harm your skin!

Outside temperatures also have very little effect on UV radiation exposure. This is why it’s still possible to get sunburns while outside on cold and overcast days.

So it doesn’t matter if it’s cloudy or sunny, winter or summer … Protecting your skin is something you need to think about DAILY.

In addition to passing easily through clouds, harmful UV radiation can also penetrate through most windows. Windows typically only block out one kind of UV radiation, short-wave UVB rays.

Long-wave UVA rays, which are able to penetrate deeper through surfaces, are able to pass through most windows and still harm your skin. This makes sun protection that much more important, even when you may not be completely outside (like when you are driving in a car).

Cloudy or Not … UV Exposure Happens 365 Days a Year

Although high energy UVB rays are more responsible for burning the top layers of skin, it is the deeply penetrating UVA rays that cause the most damage and increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

Unfortunately, UVA rays are more able to pass through clouds, windows, and non-UV protective clothing.