6 Ways You're Secretly Sabotaging Your Skin
In the shade your skin is safe, right? Not entirely. A new study found that just hiding under an umbrella doesn't provide as much protection as sitting under an umbrella with sunscreen on. "This is likely because UVA rays reflect off of water and some glass surfaces and may still affect the skin, even though you may think you are protected under an umbrella," says Zeichner. This is not to say that umbrellas are not an important part of your sun-protection regimen, he adds. "However, sitting under one by itself is not enough." A better approach is to cover all your bases. "Apply your sunscreen," says Zeichner, "but also seek shade, be it under a shady tree or a beach umbrella."