Sunburn Myths

South Florida is home to some of the best outdoor activities in the United States and around the globe. But nothing can ruin your day, trip or event quicker than getting a nasty and irritating burn on your skin from UV radiation.

Enjoy Fort Pierce with your sunscreen, so you don't end up like this poor traveler.

Enjoy Fort Pierce with your sunscreen, so you don’t end up like this poor traveler.

Protecting yourself from the sun has been a part of the human project for thousands of years. People closer to the equator have darker skin with a built-in sun protection factor (SPF). Different types of sunblocks have been found and used by ancient civilizations, such as island nations rubbing the inside of a coconut on their skin for added protection.

Even though most of us know the power of the sun, there are still different myths and misconceptions when it comes to the body’s largest organ and the sun. Here are some of the sunburn myths to help ensure your vacation along the Treasure Coast doesn’t get hampered or cut short:

  • SPF doesn’t matter after 4—yes, it does, as all sunscreen is not all the same. While it may be true that after SPF 50 there’s not much difference, for young kids and people with light skin tone, a higher SPF is needed to prevent burns.
  • Waterproof is good all day long—even the most expensive blocks wear off over time, especially in water. No matter the label, reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.
  • Overcast sky won’t cause sunburn—the radiation and light waves go through the cloud layer like it’s a clear sky. A partly cloudy day can be one of the worst times for sun exposure because a lot of people think they are protected.
  • If I’m burnt I have to suffer—there are methods to heal the sunburn, like with aloe and Vitamin E, so your skin doesn’t instantly peel and crack.
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