Non-Europeans were slightly less enthusiastic about suntans than Europeans, with 67% saying a tan was attractive and 59% believing a tan was healthy. Non-European peoples included people from North and South America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia.
While 84% of Europeans said they did not cover themselves throughout the year (79% non-Europeans), 92% were exposed to the risks of skin aging caused by the sun (86% non-Europeans).
Is a healthy suntan a myth?
“This research shows just how deep the ‘healthy’ suntan myth runs—even in people who have already suffered from sun damage or developed skin cancer,” said lead researcher Prof. Thierry Passeron said. “We must raise awareness of the damage caused to skin cells by sun exposure, which can lead to photoaging and skin cancer. This is especially important in Europe where sun protection is most inadequate compared to other countries.” appears.”
The survey also revealed that only 56% of Europeans (compared to 64% of non-Europeans) know that sun protection is helpful when it is cloudy. One in four (24%) believe it is okay to walk outside without sunscreen when they are already tanned (compared to 21% of non-Europeans).
Only 10% of Europeans claimed to regularly or frequently use all methods of UV protection, compared to 14% of non-Europeans. He used sunscreen, stayed in the shade, wore a hat and sun protection clothing throughout the year.
UV protection for the skin all year round
“The public should also understand that they must protect their skin throughout the year, even in cloudy conditions. Once sunscreen is applied, it should be reapplied every 2 hours to ensure adequate protection. Other measures such as wearing sunglasses, hats, and protective clothing, and seeking shade when possible are also key photoprotection habits,” Prof. Thierry Passeron commented.
Recent estimates place the number of adults with skin cancer at 1.7% (or about 7.3 million people) in Europe. Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to the sun is also responsible for over 80% of visible signs of photoaging, such as lines and wrinkles.