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Tanning Truths for Teens
- Quiz - How Much Do You Know?


Quiz - How Much Do You Know?

Question: Which is the safest way to tan?

  • Sun

  • Tanning Bed

  • Tanning cream

(Answer: Tanning cream. UV rays cause skin damage and there are no UV rays in tanning cream. Note: Tanning cream does not usually have sun protection. You will need to also use a sunscreen with it if going in the sun.)

 

Question: True of False

  • A base tan will protect you from skin damage.

(False a tan is skin damage, and it provides very little protection from further damage)


Question: True or False

  • A tanning bed is safer than the sun.

(False, tanning beds emit 5 x the UVA rays, and UVA is linked to melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer… Not to mention UVA makes skin old, wrinkly, saggy and spotted)


Question: True or False

  • My skin can heal itself as long as I give it a break between tanning and burning.

(False, skin damage accumulates over time. That means it all adds up. The more damage, the higher the risk of skin cancer, whether or not you choose to take breaks in between.)


Question: The best way to protect yourself from skin cancer is.

  • a. Use a sunscreen SPF 15 or higher
  • b. Wear a wide brimmed hat and 100% UV protecting sunglasses
  • c. Wear long sleeves
  • d. Seek shade

(d. Seek shade - the others help but the best way is to seek shade. It is not realistic or fun to live life in a box with no windows, so just be safe and use a variety ways to protect your skin. Wear sunscreen and other protective clothing and when the sun is hot and UV is high take a break in the shade, or go for lunch indoors)


Question: True or False

  • The best way to put on sunscreen is to apply it as soon as you go out and rub it right into the skin.

(False, sunscreen should be applied generously and be given time to soak in. Apply it 15-20 minutes before going outside, put enough on that you can see a layer of the sunscreen on the skin and let it soak in.)




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