5 Sunscreen Myths

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Think you know everything about sunscreen? Here are 5 facts that may surprise you.

Myth 1: I only need to wear sunscreen on sunny days. Truth is that the sun releases both UVA and UVB rays. While UVB rays associated with Burning are more prevalent during the summer, UVA rays (the ones associated with Aging skin) are around year round. They can penetrate through windows and clouds so unless you’re wearing sunscreen, you’re not protected.

Myth 2: Dark skin doesn’t need sunscreen. Skin cancer rates are increasing amongst darker skinned individuals. And, the sun deepens dark spots and can lead to hyperpigmentation. Just because you have darker skin, you’re not immune from sun damage.

Myth 3: I’ve never burned yet so why bother? Just because you’ve never burned doesn’t mean you never will. Older skin loses its ability to produce melanin effectively making you more likely to burn. And sun damage occurs whether you get a burn or not.

Myth 4: Skin cancer is easy to treat. True, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are common types of skin cancer. While they can be treated, both the biopsy and surgery to remove lesions can leave scars or in rare cases, cause disfigurement. And, a number of studies have shown that having skin cancer increases your risk for developing other cancers including breast, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lung and even kidney. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

Myth 5: A tan will protect me. Tans are an indication of having too much sun. While they may look good now, think long term – saggy, leathery skin isn’t something to look forward to.

Skin care professionals agree that sun protection is the number one thing that you can do to delay the effects of aging and keep your skin looking young and healthy. Find one that protects you against both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of 30 or higher and use it daily year round. View our full selection of sunscreens here.

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