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Some things you might not know about sunburn

It’s fair to say that most people suffer from sunburn at some point in their life.

In the majority of cases it’s little more than an annoyance for a few days before fading away. However, there is a proven link between sunburn and skin cancer, which means it is vitally important to avoid getting burnt whenever you can.

The whole subject of tanning and sun exposure seems to have given rise to a lot of myths and misinformation, which could mean people are not taking the necessary precautions. We take a look at some of these misconceptions below.

A tan is healthy 

Many people see a tan as an indication of good health, but this isn’t necessarily the case. While contact with the sun’s rays is needed for vitamin D, overexposure is never a good thing.

Any form of tan indicates that your skin has been damaged by the sun and just because you don’t get burnt it doesn’t mean your skin isn’t being affected.

A base tan acts as a form of protection 

Another common misconception is the idea that developing a ‘base tan’ provides protection against sunburn. Indeed, in a recent survey by the British Association of Dermatologists and skin care company La Roche-Posay, found 65 per cent of men and 22 per cent of women incorrectly thought having a base tan would limit their chances of getting burnt.

However, the reality is that a base tan only provides a minimal level of protection and shows the skin has already been damaged.

You can’t get burnt on a cloudy day 

You might not know it, but it’s still possible to get sunburn even if the sun is hidden by clouds. This is because it’s actually the UV radiation in the sun’s rays that burns people’s skin, rather than the temperature – and these rays can penetrate cloud cover.

Looking for a way to enjoy being outside without having to worry about sunburn? A shade sail from Shaded Nationcan block up to 98.8 per cent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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