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Summer Skin Myths Busted

Myth #1 You can’t get a sunburn on a cloudy day

Wrong. 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays pass through clouds and fog, so the harsh rays can still cause sun damage. Wear sunscreen and reapply, whether it’s cloudy or sunny.

Myth #2 The higher the sunscreen SPF, the longer you can stay in the sun

Nope. SPF is not an indicator of how long a sunscreen protects you from the sun, but how well it protects. And just as important, SPF refers only to protection from UVB rays, not UVA rays. Pro tip, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with 30+ SPF.

Myth #3 Throw away your sunscreen after every summer

Wrong. Some sunscreens can last up to three years at their original strength. It’s important to check the expiration date. Expired sunscreen though, should definitely not be expected to work

Myth #4 Get a base tan at the tanning salon before heading on summer vacation

This one really makes dermatologists cringe. Stay away from tanning beds altogether! Tanning beds can cause skin cancer—the tan itself is proof of the damage. Opt for a safer and healthier glow with self-tanner. There are a lot of high-quality products and application methods available.

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