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Shade Offers Relatively Little Sun Protection



If you think you can forego an application of sunscreen in favor of sitting in the shade, your skin may not agree. New research reinforces the fact that, when it comes to sun protection, people who rely on shade have a much higher rate of sunburn than those who use sunscreen. According to the study of 81 people who visited the beach for a set amount of time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., those who sat in the shade without sunscreen were significantly more likely (75% of the shade group) to be sunburned on at least one area of their body than those who used a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 100 (25% of the group).

P.S. According to the study mentioned above, those who sat in the shade were more likely (49%) to get sunburned on the face, arms, legs, upper chest, and back of the neck than the group who used sunscreen (6%).

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Dr. Michael Freeman

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