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Does Your Partner Influence Your Sunscreen Use?

by kelly / July, 13 2022 01:30

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If your partner uses sunscreen are you more likely to use it? Afterall, there is the old saying that people start to look and act like each other over time. Well a new study published in the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association answers this question and a few others.

The study was conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and it surveyed 237 non-Hispanic White adults aged 50 years or older on their beliefs about sunscreen use.

It found that sunscreen use increased for those who believed their romantic partners thought that they should use sunscreen. I guess the opinions of our significant others do matter – tell that to my husband, ha!

The researchers also found that the likelihood of reporting sunscreen use increased for people that believed sunscreen prevents sunburn.

Not too surprisingly, the study also discovered that sunscreen use was lower for those who believed sunscreen use would “take too much time”.

All in all the study’s authors say:

“The current findings can help to shape and inform the focus of such efforts, including the evaluation of messaging strategies that highlight the benefits of sunscreen use for sunburn prevention and address concerns about sunscreen use taking too much time”

So, based on the research, what should be done? Well I think there is an opportunity to create messaging about making sunscreen a joint and fun partner activity. One where two people in love can do it together every morning Laughing! I know, I know, it may not sound super romantic slathering on sunscreen together every morning but it’ll keep your skin healthy and looking great as you grow old together.

For even more interesting skin care facts and helpful information check out our Studies or Suncare Smarts series.

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