Sunscreen Protection Day
(Also known as Sunscreen Day)
Sunscreen Protection Day is observed next on Saturday, May 27th, 2023 (233 days from today).
Sunscreen Protection Day is the perfect time to recognize the dangers that come with going to the beach, lake, even backyard. These and other traditional sunbathing spots, previously considered harmless, are now flying yellow flags warning against skin cancer and other harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays of the face. On National Sunscreen Day, as part of National Safe Sun Week, apply and absorb that lotion, cream or spray before enjoying the warmth and lightness of summer. The higher the sun protection the factor (SPF) in your product, the better you are. Chances are, if you don't know the right SPF balances to protect yourself and still get the tan you want, a friend will. If they ask why, just say, "Don't fry!"
History of Sunscreen Protection Day
Believe it or not (ask Boomer or Gen-X-er), even by the 1980s, there were dozens, if not hundreds, of “primers” and “sunscreens” on the market. These do not block UV rays before they hit your skin but are designed to enhance the sun's effects, delivering a deep tan in the shortest amount of time possible. When it does, label it a thicker ozone layer, or simply a lack of scientific knowledge, but there isn't any buzz around the acronym "SPF."
Today, we know the real dangers of the sun's rays (and the UV rays in tanning beds) as well as the carcinomas and melanoma we can get if we don't take action appropriate protection. In the recent time, the National Council on Skin Cancer Control chose a special day to learn about how to protect ourselves. In short, your health should be ahead of that "copper tone".
Predictably, sunscreen is the number one weapon in the fight against skin cancers caused by UV rays. If you must have such a golden tan, be sure to conscientiously apply an SPF 30 sunscreen or equivalent. Then enjoy the fun of summer, knowing you're protected!
Some truths about the sun
- So hot
Unless you were born and have never left the planet's Polar Regions, you know the sun is extremely hot, but you may not know that at its core our star measures 9,940 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale.
- Ninety-three million miles
Of course, light is the fastest moving thing in the known universe and it takes a full eight minutes for the sun's light to reach the earth's surface.
- “Is that ‘billion’ with the letter B?”
Most astronomers believe that the sun formed from a solar nebula (a giant, rotating cloud of gas and dust) about 4.6 billion years ago.
- I love the sunset on the beach
Sunsets bring in more colors of light due to an effect called "scattering", where sunlight has to pass through more gases in the atmosphere to reach your vantage point, affecting blue light in a way that we assume you would generally agree to be beautiful.
- Sailors' joy
According to "National Geographic," the reason a "red sky at night" signals clear weather for the next day, is because sunlight is such a red color when there is a large area of air west of the country, an area will probably be on you a few hours from that point.
How to celebrate Sunscreen Protection Day
- See your SPF
Try to find water-resistant products with an SPF of 30 or higher (and apply correctly, as noted above), which block 97% of UVB rays. However, the most important words to look for on the tube of your sunscreen are "broad spectrum," which means it protects from both types of rays: UVA (aging) and UVB (burning). Wait 15 minutes for the sunscreen to absorb into your skin and then you can be confident to go out during a sunny day.
- Find the shade
It's an easy and practical form of sun protection that you can find almost anywhere. In fact, shade can reduce UV exposure significantly as well as provide a cool, comfortable space to enjoy your day. Anything that throws shade is your friend, on National Sun Protection Day.
- Wear a hat!
If your face and head are out of proportion, you are more prone to skin cancer than the rest of your body. Choose a hat with a wide brim (more than three inches) facing down for the most effective UV protection.
Some reasons for Sunscreen Protection Day being loved
- It provides skin protection
Sunscreen is important to prevent most of the effects of UV rays on the body. Take time out on National Sun Protection Day to start forming good habits for the rest of the summer. Do not forget being consistency and discipline to an effective regimen.
- It is useful to fight the effects of aging
Sunscreen helps prevent a host of skin problems that leave you with uneven skin tone or worse. The right blocker prevents brown spots on the face, reduces the appearance of spots and red veins, and slows the development of premature wrinkles. Do you know that sunscreen is the best way to the fountain of youth?
- Not all sunscreens are a mess
There are varieties of SPF 30 or higher and above that not only protect you from the sun but also make your skin look great. Great news for those who don't like the smell and feel of regular sunscreen!
ObservedSunscreen Protection Day has been observed annually on May 27th.
Thursday, May 27th, 2021
Friday, May 27th, 2022
Saturday, May 27th, 2023
Monday, May 27th, 2024
Tuesday, May 27th, 2025