UV radiation can reflect off surfaces like sand or concrete, meaning shade doesn't always prevent sunburn.
Home remedies like aloe vera and moisturiser might help you "feel" better. But they won't fix the skin damage in the way antibiotics fix an infection.
There's no evidence perineum sunning is going to give you an energy boost, or deliver any of its other purported benefits.
A couple taking in the view from Table Mountain, Cape Town.
Too much ultraviolet radiation is dangerous for human health. Excessive exposure can cause skin ageing and sunburn and can induce melanoma, cataracts, ocular melanoma, and immunodeficiency.
Social media is popularising DIY sunscreen.
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Exposure to the sun every other day produces more skin pigment than sunbathing every day – but protection is still vital.
Different skin tones need different amounts of UV light to activate vitamin D in the skin.
UV ratings indicate risk of skin damage – but they're based on pale skin. New wrist bands designed for six different tones of skin provide a more personalised way to track safe UV exposure.
Paradoxically, people who know the real causes of cancer are also the most likely to believe in mythical causes of it.
New research from the University of Geneva is helping us understand how plants protect themselves from the sun.
There’s a reason your sunburn is still so sore a few days after burning.
Last summer, 2.4 million Australian adults were getting sunburnt each weekend. But what’s actually happening in the skin during a sunburn?
A woman sunbathes on a warm summer day on a private beach in Nice, France.
The risks of UV radiation exposure are well-known, but some scientists are exploring lesser-known benefits of UV light.
Employers have a duty to keep their employees safe from the sun.
A real-time hand-held device can help employers measure the impact of the sun on workers.
International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as a Group I carcinogen – the most dangerous cancer-causing substances.
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Researchers have estimated that 8% of the five million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the US can be attributed to indoor tanning.
Research suggests that sunlight may have benefits that we have not yet discovered.
Summer sunshine makes most of us feel better, but there may be more to the benefits than just feeling good.
Sun exposure that doesn’t result in burning may still damage the skin cells.
Around 30 Australians are diagnosed with melanoma every day and more than 1,200 die from the disease each year. While small amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation are required for the production of vitamin…
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It’s the sun rather than nanoparticles in sunscreen that poses the real health risk.
The sunny season has well and truly started, as has the daily summer ritual of applying sunscreen. So now is the perfect time to consider whether “nano sunscreens”, which contain UV filtering nanoparticles…