Sunbathing is very pleasant, as contact with the sun instantly boosts our mood. This is why we are so eager to expose our faces and body to sunlight during holidays, craving every sunny moment, especially in winter. Unfortunately, we must realise that excessive radiation is harmful to us, which has been unequivocally proven scientifically. Despite this, many people still believe the popular myths about sunbathing, which we debunk in our guide.
Only UVB radiation is harmful
In England, UVB radiation is most concentrated in summer. In autumn and winter, however, much weaker UVA radiation predominates. It is a myth to say that only the first of these is harmful.
In fact, we must protect ourselves against excessive radiation all year round. Even in winter, when going out for a walk on a sunny day, it is advisable to apply sunscreen to your face and protect your eyesight with sunglasses.
It is necessary to sunbathe a lot in order to replenish vitamin D deficiency
It is true that sunlight is the best way to absorb vitamin D, of which the vast majority of us are deficient. However, it is not the case that sun protection should be abandoned.
Even in autumn or winter, we can supplement vitamin D through a suitable plant-based diet and by taking various pharmacy supplements, which are particularly recommended in childhood.
Dark complexion exempts the use of sunscreens
This is a very popular and completely untrue myth, as many people have already found out. Indeed, having a dark complexion minimizes the risk of sunburn, but it does not provide 100% protection against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB radiation on the skin.
The best evidence for this is the fact that people with dark skin are also at risk of skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure without sunscreen protection is also a risk factor for premature skin aging in such people.