You know how back in the day, you took no precautions at all against the harmful rays of the sun? Remember in fact, how you would smear on the oil and try to get as dark as possible?
Now of course, you try to stay covered, or you spray on the sunscreen, or you stay in the shade…or all of the above…now that we’ve clued in to how harmful UV exposure can be.
Well, according to a new study, not only may your sunscreen not be protecting you nearly as much as you think it is, but it might also be causing you harm through some of the other chemicals in the mix.
Part of the problem is that many people don’t understand what the SPF number stands for. According to dermatologist Dr. Dawn Davis of the Mayo Clinic, the SPF is a ratio of how long a person without sunscreen can be in the sun without becoming red. “If you’re standing on the equator at high noon and it would usually take your skin one minute without sunscreen to become red and irritated,” she says, “SPF 15 means you can stand in that same sun exposure for 15 minutes.”
The full report is HERE.