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Habit Hack: The Truth About Sun and Skin

Understand the impact of sun exposure on your skin with these key statistics.

Visible Skin Ageing

UV exposure contributes to up to 80% of visible skin ageing, including wrinkles and age spots.

Sunscreen and Ageing

People who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24% less skin ageing than those who do not use sunscreen daily.

Cumulative Sun Damage

  • Age 18: individuals receive 23% of their lifetime UV exposure.
  • Ages 19-40: individuals receive 47% of their lifetime UV exposure.
  • Ages 41-59: individuals receive 74% of their lifetime UV exposure.
  • Ages 60-78: individuals receive 100% of their lifetime UV exposure.

UV Radiation Penetration

UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing long-term damage and ageing, while UVB rays cause sunburn and direct DNA damage. 

Peak UV Hours

UV radiation is strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM; avoiding direct sunlight during these hours can significantly reduce UV exposure. 



You can't get sun damage on a cloudy day.

Up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate through clouds.

A base tan protects you from further sun damage.

A base tan only provides minimal protection equivalent to SPF 3 or less.

Darker skin tones don't need sunscreen.

All skin tones can suffer from sun damage and should use sunscreen.

You don't need sunscreen indoors.

UVA rays can penetrate glass, so sunscreen is necessary even indoors.

Sunscreen prevents you from getting enough Vitamin D.

You can still get sufficient Vitamin D with regular, brief sun exposure while using sunscreen.


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