Posted by Heather McCartney

Sun Myth #4: "Suntanned skin is healthier. The sunburn is what's dangerous"

False: While a tan may look beautiful to some people, it does not mean their skin is healthier. The American Academy of Dermatology states that a suntan is a sign of skin damage, just like a sunburn. The fact is that even after just one sunburn you may double the chance of eventually developing melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer, dark spots, wrinkles, freckled skin and leathery skin later in life. If you want to get the sun kissed skin tone, opt for a spray tan.

Sun Myth #5: "Sunscreen is enough protection for me"

False: No technique is good by itself. Using only sunscreen is not the most ideal defense against the sun, you can easily miss spots on the skin, and given enough time, the skin will burn even with sunscreen on. Especially when sweat and swimming wear off the sunblock effects, even water-resistant and waterproof types can stop working after about 40 to 80 minutes. Many skin care experts will recommend using different sun protection methods at the same time: seeking shade, using sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and a hat, and UV protective clothing.

Sun Myth #6: "I only need UV protective clothing during the summer"

False: We tend to ignore the harmful effects of the sun on exposed skin in winter months, UV rays can get through clouds, fog and haze, additionally the snow reflects as much as 80% of UV radiation, which is much higher than the amount reflected by water or dry beach sand. That’s why the he Skin Cancer Foundation encourages people to enjoy the outdoors while still protecting themselves from the sun no matter the season!.  

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