Sunscreen quiz

See how much you know about protecting your skin.

Question 1

Physical sunscreens form a layer on your skin that reflect ultraviolet radiation. True or false?

  1. True
  2. False
  1. That's right, physical sunscreens, such as zinc, block out ultraviolet radiation and prevent UVA and UVB from getting to your skin.
  2. No, physical sunscreens, such as zinc, block out UVA and UVB.

Question 2

How long before going outdoors should you apply sunscreen?

  1. 5 minutes
  2. 10 minutes
  3. 20 minutes
  4. 1 hour
  1. No that is not long enough
  2. No, a little bit longer would be better.
  3. Yes, that's correct
  4. That's a bit too long

Question 3

The type of sunscreen that forms a layer on the skin that absorbs ultraviolet radiation is called

  1. Chemical sunscreen
  2. Coconut sunscreens
  3. Tanning sunscreens
  4. Physical sunscreens
  1. That's right,chemical sunscreens absorb ultraviolet radiation.
  2. Try again!
  3. Try again!
  4. No, physical sunscreens form a barrier on the skin and reflect ultraviolet radiation.

Question 4

What sun protection factor should you use in summer?

  1. SPF 4
  2. SPF 10
  3. SPF 15
  4. SPF 30
  1. No, you will need more protection than that.
  2. No you will need more protection than that.
  3. No, you will need more protection than that.
  4. Correct, this will give you good protection.

Question 5

What is the name of the natural pigment found in your skin that protects you from ultraviolet radiation?

  1. Melanoma
  2. Melanin
  3. Chlorophyll
  4. Malodour
  1. No, this is a dangerous form of skin cancer.
  2. Yes that's correct!
  3. No, this is a plant pigment.
  4. No, look elsewhere for an answer.

Question 6

How often should you reapply sunscreen?

  1. Once a day
  2. Every two hours
  3. Every six hours
  4. Every half an hour
  1. No, you would be sunburnt.
  2. That's right!!
  3. You are risking getting sunburnt.
  4. No that is too often.

Question 7

Sunburn is caused by

  1. Infra-red radiation
  2. Microwaves
  3. Ultraviolet
  4. Radio waves
  1. No this is what you skin feels as heat.
  2. No, microwaves are used for heating.
  3. That's it!
  4. No, radio waves do not have enough energy.