If you love the beach but also have a fair skin that gets burned easily you need to read this article. There is a lot of debate about sunscreen versus beach umbrella. Many people believe that it is enough to sit under an umbrella and that way you can avoid sunburns.
This is why researchers believed it was necessary a research on this topic. First of all, they wanted to see which one of these measures is better. In order to test which one is the best, the researchers recruited 80 people with fair skin.
The researchers told the participants to sit in the sun at midday for at least 3 hours. The participants sat at the beach in Lake Lewisville, Texas. The researchers gave all the participants SPF100 sunscreen or a beach umbrella.
The researchers gave the participants umbrellas or sunscreen randomly. This research shows how people actually react to long exposure to sunlight in the midday when trying one of these preventive measures. The researchers then looked at both groups to see which responded better.
The study showed that more than 75% of those who used a beach umbrella had sunburns. When it came to those who used sunscreen, only 25% of them experienced sunburns the following day.
Those who sat under an umbrella for more than 3 hours had 142 areas with sunburns while those who used sunscreen had only 17. This shows that the beach umbrella can be great in order to avoid direct contact with the sun but it’s not very effective.
Doctors mentioned that sunscreen can be very effective if it is user right. People need to know how to apply sunscreen and to apply it more than once if they stay more than an hour at the beach. The researchers mentioned that the best way to avoid sunburns is to combine these two. First, you put on sunscreen and after that, you stay under the umbrella.
The study was led by Dr. Hao Ou-Yand and funded by Johnson and Johnson. It was published in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Although neither method is 100% efficient the combination of these two might be, mentioned the researchers.
Which one of these measures do you use?
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