You hear this sadly common phrase from your kids, your spouse, your friends, etc. But your answer can become just as common if you know the facts and decide to pass it on. Here are a few rebuttals you can use based off research from the American Academy of Dermatology Association to the notion that not everyone needs to apply sunscreen.
“I don’t need sunscreen. I don’t burn; I just tan.”
Rebuttal: Um, tanning = damaged skin. The more damage that builds (aka the more you tan), you’re speeding up the process in which your skin ages which also increases your risk of getting skin cancer. And put on a hat too!
“I don’t need sunscreen Mom, I’m only going to be out there for an hour.”
Rebuttal: It’s 11am right now. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm. So yes, you will be wearing sunscreen.
“I don’t need sunscreen, it’s cloudy outside today.”
Rebuttal: You realize you sound ridiculous right now, right? The sun is still up there shining through the clouds. 80% of the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate your skin even on cloudy days. That means, you need to wear sunscreen.
“I don’t need sunscreen, it’s WINTER!”
Rebuttal: Well, your statement is half true. It is winter, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t still at risk of the sun damaging your skin. Wear sunscreen on your face and use SPF 30 lip balm. Skin cancer can even develop on your lip, so no more lip about this!
“I don’t need sunscreen, that’s why I’ve been going to the tanning bed all winter.”
Rebuttal: Ugh, please tell me you’re joking! Using a tanning bed even once before the age of 35 can increase your risk of getting melanoma by 59%. FIFTY-NINE PERCENT! A. stop going to the tanning bed. And B. Please put on sunscreen. Actually, better yet, just stay in the shade as much as possible…but still put on sunscreen.
You can learn more about how to properly wear sunscreen or treat a sunburn by visiting The American Academy of Dermatology Association. They have a library of knowledge to help everyone, at every age, protect their skin.