Solar radiation has a wide variety of adverse effects on our skin and health, including accelerated skin aging and even skin cancer.1,6 According to the Fitzpatrick skin classification model, people with light skin pigmentation are more susceptible  to harmful solar radiation,  and particularly those that spend prolonged amounts of time in the sun without the adequate protection.1

Solar radiation can lead to skin cancer – malignant melanoma being the least common, yet most serious kind.1,8 The majority of the skin damage occurs in our younger years with most people experiencing 40 -50% of their total UV exposure before they are 20. It may take up to only five sun burns in a lifetime to lay the foundation for skin cancer, making it even more crucial to educate your young ones about skin damage from the sun at an early age.1,5,8

You may experience excessive solar radiation by not shielding your skin when outdoors, or through dangerous lifestyle habits such as tanning. The bronze sun-kissed tone achieved through sun tanning and tanning beds is also the result of overexposure to solar radiation. Tanning can lead to major kinds of skin cancer, including melanoma. 1,3