Sun's Positive Impacts

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The sun provides positive aspects towards the Earth. One important aspect is that the sun keeps the Earth and us warm and surrounded by heat. The sun can also have some negative impacts. Being in the outdoors can be fun and worthwhile, especially during long lasting holidays and Summer. 1 But have you ever thought about being out in the sun without protection? Too much time in the sun can give you sunburns, permanently damage your skin and produce wrinkles at an early age. Large doses of Ultraviolet radiation (UV) sunlight, which can be life threatening, can also cause skin cancer called melanoma. According to SkinCancer.gov, children are in more in a risk to getting sunburned by the sun. “Sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases…show more content…
The benefit I will be focusing on is being in the outdoors while having sunscreen already applied. I personally adore being in the outdoors, and I get burnt really easily, since my skin is really sensitive. This means that I have to wear sunscreen even on cloudy days, particularly in Amsterdam since the sun can still harm you even if it’s not literally visible. “The sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. Snow, sand and water increased the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays.” 8 * Having already applied sunscreen allows you to have a fun time anywhere at anytime, be active, participate in more activities, and to be more social in your society, so you don’t have to worry about getting a sunburn or worse: long term damage to your body. People who tend to spend their time outdoors often pursue healthy lifestyles. This connects to the factor social because as mentioned before, wearing sunscreen allows you to be in the outdoors longer, so it might allow you to explore the unknown with people who hadn’t really known before you stepped outside of the door. “ I can only be in the sun for 15 minutes before burning. I have sunscreen on my face everyday. I am walking on the sunny side of the…show more content…
Some limitations are that sunscreen takes a long time to apply, and you have to keep on applying every few hours, and depending on the type of sunscreen, quality, and the SPF, it can either be expensive or cheap. The limitation that I will be focusing on is the fact that the SPF number might not mean exactly what you think. “Sunscreen can work and actually protect your skin, but the problem is that many sunscreens don’t really do anything at all.” 11 A website shows that sunscreen containing SPF 2, blocks 50 % of the sun’s rays, while SPF 30 blocks 97%, SPF 50 blocks 98%, SPF 70 blocks 98.6% and finally SPF 90 blocks 98.9%. 10 As shown, after SPF 50%, the protection is only going up by decimal places, representing the fact they are providing as much benefit as the smaller SPF. * This is a little bit unfair, since customers pay more than $20 extra for a higher SPF, when in reality it doesn 't change the outcome much at all. It could be that the brand is only trying to make the customer buy the product by providing false information. The SPF number explains how long the product will last by protecting the consumer from the sun. Although, this rate actually varies. It depends on the type of skin, and the person wearing the sunscreen. “But an SPF rating doesn 't really tell you much about the efficacy of sunscreen. Instead of picking a high rating, you want to look for the right amount of specific ingredients.” 11 This limitation
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