Listen, you know that sunscreen is important and that you will get a burn if you don't put it on.
But mooom, why do I need sunscreen? It isn't even that sunny out!
Absolutely! You know the sun gives off light and warmth, but it also produces ultraviolet radiation, which can't be seen or felt.
Well, I understand that sunscreen prevents sunburns, but is the sun really that dangerous?
Its actually the UV rays that cause sunburns, not light or heat. There's a layer in the earths atmosphere that protects us from the UV rays called the ozone layer, but that layer is being depleted, causing more radiation to reach earths surface.
Yeah but it isn't super sunny and there are some clouds to cover the sun, so aren't we safe?
The UV levels do vary depending on the weather, time of day, time of year, and other things, but that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous
Oh, that makes sense.
There can be serious affects from, the sun, not just sunburns. Not protecting yourself from the sun can even lead to cancer. And it isn't all that rare to get, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer