• Sunday, 18 August 2019

2019 RealSelf Sun Safety Report: Only 1 in 10 Americans Uses Sunscreen Daily


SEATTLE: According to a new survey from RealSelf,1 the leading online resource to learn about aesthetic procedures and connect with the doctors who provide them, only 10 percent of adults in the U.S. wear sunscreen every day, and almost half (47 percent) of Americans never wear sunscreen.

Women are significantly more likely than men to wear sunscreen on a daily basis (15 percent vs. 4 percent).

According to the new report, factors like age and location also influence sunscreen use. Two-thirds (66 percent) of 18- to 34-year-olds wear sunscreen at least one day a week, compared to only half (49 percent) of adults 35 and older. Adults who live in the Midwestern United States are significantly less likely than those who live in other regions of the country to wear sunscreen. Only 16 percent of adults living in the Midwest wear sunscreen four or more days a week, compared to 29 percent of adults in the West, 25 percent of adults in the South, and 24 percent of adults in the Northeast.

Just over half (53 percent) of Americans wear sunscreen at least one day a week, and among those, more than nine in 10 (93 percent) apply it to their face. The second most popular body area is the neck (74 percent), followed closely by the arms (73 percent). Nearly one-third (28 percent) of U.S. adults who wear sunscreen say they always or almost always reapply throughout the day. Men are significantly more likely than women to always or almost always reapply (34 percent vs. 25 percent of women), and adults ages 18-44 are two times more likely than adults 45 and older to reapply on most days they wear sunscreen (40 percent vs. 19 percent).

Though daily use is low, around two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans say they always or almost always wear sunscreen if they know they will be outdoors for an extended period of time, such as while at the beach or during a sporting event. Only 57 percent of adults in the Midwest always or almost always wear sunscreen when outside for extended periods, which is significantly lower than all other regions of the country West (68 percent), South (67 percent), and Northeast (66 percent).

Top Excuse for Not Wearing Sunscreen I'm Not Exposed to the Sun
Among the 47 percent of Americans who never wear sunscreen, more than half (56 percent) believe they don't get enough sun exposure to need sunscreen. Other top reasons for not wearing sunscreen include having skin that doesn't burn easily (25 percent) and not liking how sunscreen feels on the skin (18 percent).

Motivations for Sunscreen Use Prevent Skin Cancer, Sunburn and the Look of Aging Skin
Among those who do use sunscreen, the main motivations are to prevent skin cancer (74 percent), prevent sunburn (48 percent) and prevent the appearance of aging skin (46 percent). Adults ages 35 and older are significantly more likely than adults under the age of 34 to say preventing skin cancer is a main motivation for wearing sunscreen (79 percent vs. 63 percent).

Women are significantly more likely than men to say preventing the look of aging skin is a main motivation (55 percent vs. 33 percent), and they are also more likely to be motivated by sunspot prevention (44 percent vs. 33 percent for men). More than half of men (52 percent) say preventing the look or feel of a sunburn is a main motivation, compared to only 45 percent of women.

Men More Likely to Have Annual Skin Check
While women are more likely to wear sunscreen daily, men are significantly more likely to have had a skin check in the past (70 percent vs. 65 percent of women) and significantly more likely to get their skin checked every year (36 percent vs. 27 percent of women). Adults who know someone with skin cancer or have been personally diagnosed with skin cancer are almost twice as likely to have annual skin checks compared to those who do not know someone with skin cancer (53 percent vs. 29 percent).

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2019 RealSelf Sun Safety Report: Only 1 in 10 Americans Uses Sunscreen Daily

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