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Do you really use sunscreen or do you just tell others that you do?
Annie_WebMD_Staff posted:
Do you really use sunscreen or do you just tell others that you do?

I read a recent article in the British newspaper's online website The Daily Mail:

Why are we still dying for a tan? The Brits abroad who are happy to burn in the sun

and I find the article intriguing as many people are still sunbathing quite a bit, getting really tan, and not using sunscreen. While the focus of the article were on people from the U.K. I have to wonder if that isn't also the case with people in North America too.

It's August and when I talk my dog for a walk at the beach, I see plenty of people who are tanned. And people who work outdoors for a living seem to be especially tanned. While the young people don't appear sun damaged or wrinkled anyone who appears to be over 30, I do notice sun damaged skin and even weatherbeaten looking complexions. I think that's because sun damage from tanning is cumulative so that years of tanning really does show up even if you don't realize it at the time you are tanning away.

Is that the case with community members here? Do you really suntan and not use sunscreen? Or do you not even use sunscreen at all before you go outdoors? Do you tell others that you use sunscreen but you really don't?

- Annie

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Olivia_WebMD_Staff responded:
This is an interesting story.

I put sunscreen on my face, neck and chest every day. Even when I don't wear makeup, I use a tinted moisturizer that contains a 15 SPF.

And, when we go out in our boat or get in the pool I slather down with at least 30 waterproof all over.

However, I do sometimes forget to put sunscreen on my arms and legs if I am running out of the house fast on an errand. I'm getting better at it, but not perfect.

Definitely wish I had used sunscreen more when I was a teenager. I remember baking myself in the sun for that perfect summer tan every year. Hindsight is 20/20, so I just make sure to pound the habit into my own kids. :-)

Do you make your kids where sunscreen even if you don't?

Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
I can vouch for British sunburn. When we lived in Florida--our trips to Disney often occurred during school holidays in England. They burned and burned bad--where as a Florida resident I looked like a vampire I was so pale.

I must confess though--unless I am "seriously" going outside-for a day at a festival, park, etc--I don't put on sunscreen.
jameson12 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
I have always used sunscreen but my doctor told me not to use it for at least 15 minutes a day - or, to clarify, to get at least 15 minutes of full sun exposure a day to prevent Vitamin D deficiency. This is especially important for those who spend long months inside in the winter or have jobs which keep them inside much of the time.

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