What's Your SPF IQ?

Sunburn is a year-round concern. Take the quiz to find out how much you know about sun protection.

Quiz

Sunburn is a year-round concern. Take the quiz to find out how much you know about sun protection.

1. What is the name of the harmful radiation present in sunlight?

  • IR
  • FBI
  • UV
  • Roy G. Biv

2. What does "SPF" stand for?

  • Solar Prevention Force
  • Seriously Protective Froth
  • Sun Protection Factor
  • Stop Peeling and Fading

3. SPF is indicated by a number, such as 8, 15, or 50. What does that number mean?

  • How long the sunscreen's effectiveness lasts, relative to the skin sensitivity of the person using it.
  • The number of hours the sunscreen's effectiveness lasts.
  • The number of minutes the sunscreen's effectiveness lasts.
  • How much UV radiation is allowed to penetrate the skin, in photons per square inch.

4. When you're not wearing sunscreen, how quickly can your skin burn?

  • Immediately.
  • Within 15 minutes.
  • Within 15-30 minutes.
  • Within 30 minutes to 1 hour.

5. Under which circumstance will you never get sunburned?

  • When it's cloudy.
  • When it's cold out.
  • When you're wearing sunscreen.
  • When no sunlight is reaching your skin.

6. When is the optimal time to apply sunscreen?

  • Half an hour before exposure to sunlight.
  • Immediately upon exposure to sunlight.
  • Half an hour after exposure to sunlight.
  • There is no "optimal" time.

7. True or false: You cannot get a sunburn in the winter.

  • True.
  • False.

8. In addition to wearing sunscreen, what other precaution can you take to avoid sunburn?

  • Wear loose clothing and a hat.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
  • Avoid peak sunburn hours, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All of the above.

Your Results:

1. What is the name of the harmful radiation present in sunlight?
UV

2. What does "SPF" stand for?
Sun Protection Factor

3. SPF is indicated by a number, such as 8, 15, or 50. What does that number mean?
How long the sunscreen's effectiveness lasts, relative to the skin sensitivity of the person using it.

4. When you're not wearing sunscreen, how quickly can your skin burn?
Within 15 minutes.

5. Under which circumstance will you never get sunburned?
When no sunlight is reaching your skin.

6. When is the optimal time to apply sunscreen?
Half an hour before exposure to sunlight.

7. True or false: You cannot get a sunburn in the winter.
False.

8. In addition to wearing sunscreen, what other precaution can you take to avoid sunburn?
All of the above.

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