Burning with Knowledge: The Ultimate Sunburns and Suntans Quiz
by Staff
So, you want to get some sun to add a little color to those pasty legs of yours, but thoughts of coming home as the human lobster are outweighing your desire to dose up on some natural vitamin D? Before heading out, test your knowledge about sunburns and suntans.

What type of ultraviolet light does NOT lead to sunburns or sun tans?

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • UVC

What skin cells are activated by ultraviolet light?

  • melanocytes
  • keratinocytes
  • dermacytes

Melanocytes are skin cells that produce what?

  • hair
  • melanin
  • inflammation

Which color is NOT created by melanocyte pigments?

  • blue
  • red
  • brown

Sunburn is actually a type of what?

  • sun tan
  • skin heating
  • cellular damage

What causes the redness of sunburn?

  • warming due to the heat of the sun
  • increased blood flow in the skin's capillary bed
  • ignited skin

In addition to sunburns and sun tans, what else can ultraviolet light exposure cause?

  • wrinkles
  • cancer
  • both

What is NOT a function of sunscreen?

  • absorbing ultraviolet light
  • blocking ultraviolet light
  • activating a cellular response to ultraviolet light

The acronym that indicates the level of a sunscreen's effectiveness is what?

  • PABA
  • SPF
  • UVA

Which type of ultraviolet light does SPF protect against?

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • both