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Learn Your Sun Facts

A sunburn can ruin a day on the golf course. Here is some information you should know and pass on to your customers.

UVB rays = Rays that penetrate surface skin layers and burn UVA rays = Rays that penetrate deeply, causing wrinkles.

  • Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Nearly 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, with 90 percent of those cases linked to exposure to the sun.
  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during his or her lifetime.
  • Over 80% of skin cancers occur on the face, head, neck, and the back of hands.
  • The UVA rays that cause long-term damage to the skin are prevalent all year round. UVB rays are ber during summer months.
  • The continuing depletion of the ozone layer results in an increased exposure to UV rays.
  • Lips are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun because lips lack melanin, the skin's natural shield against the sun.
  • Surfaces such as pavement, water, snow, and sand all reflect and intensify sun exposure. Because of this, you can still get burned even when wearing a hat or sitting in the shade.

What to know about SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

SPF Protection Levels are defined as:

  • SPF 2-11 Minimal Protection
  • SPF 12-29 Moderate Protection
  • SPF 30 & 30+ High Protection

To determine how long you can stay in the sun without burning, multiply the time it takes you to burn by the SPF number.

For Example: If your skin burns in 5 minutes without any sunscreen an SPF of 25 will allow you to spend 125 minutes (about 2 hours) in the sun.