Did you know?
You can still get burned even when wearing a hat or sitting in the shade? It's all about reflection - surfaces like water, sand, snow, and pavement all reflect the sun and intensify the exposure.
As you might guess, UVB rays are stronger in the summer - while UVA remains pretty much constant throughout the year. Advice: choose a higher SPF during the summer months.
Cloudy or hazy days?
Yes, UV rays can penetrate the atmosphere (clouds and all) and cause sunburn - so once again, don't forget the sunscreen.
Many medications, including certain antibiotics, heart and blood pressure medicines, antihistamines and antidepressants, can cause photosensitive reactions when you're exposed to sunlight. Unusual "sunburn", rash or other allergic-type reaction to the skin is possible, so be careful. Individual sensitivities vary widely and may not happen to everybody, every time. It's best to consult your physician or pharmacist before sun exposure when using ANY medication.
Did you know that some fragrances can also cause photosensitive reactions? Check your perfumes for bergamot, citron, lavender, sandalwood, and musk.
Remember to apply sunscreen to your ears, knees, calves, elbows and the tops of your feet. We always seem to remember these spots after it's too late!