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Suntan MythsProtecting your skin from harmful rays is important any time of year, but it should be a top priority in the months when the sun’s glow is most intense. But regardless of all the scary skin-cancer statistics, there are women who think their personal genetics make their skin immune, or they just tune out the SPF suggestions because they prefer the look of a bronzed glow. If you fall into either category, read on to find out why you should start safeguarding your skin.

1. I have dark skin, so I don’t need to wear sunscreen.

People of all skin colors get skin cancer, although it does happen less frequently in people with more melanin in their skin. Whether you are fair skin or darker in complexion, applying SPF every day is a must!

2. If I wear sunscreen, I won’t get enough vitamin D.

It is true that the sun is a potent source of vitamin D, but it’s not the only way to make sure you’re getting enough. Vitamin D can be obtained through a diet that includes fish, fortified cereals, dairy products and juices, and liver.  You can also supplement with vitamins if you feel that your diet is lacking in D.

3. Tanning beds are safer than laying out in the sun.

No matter how much you want to believe it’s just not so. The World Health Organization considers UV radiation from tanning beds one of the most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation. People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. If you want to look like a bronze goddess, wear self-tanner.

4. If I put sunscreen on in the morning, that’s good enough.

Slathering on the SPF in the AM is a great first line of defense, but sunscreen’s effectiveness doesn’t last all day—particularly if you’re sweating or swimming. If you’re basking on the beach, reapply your sunscreen every two hours, or as indicated on the label. Slather on an ounce each time, which is roughly the amount that would fill a shot glass.

5. I can skip SPF on cloudy days.

The sun’s power is stronger than you realize: Even on overcast days, as much as 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. Snow, sand, and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the rays. Always apply sunscreen to all the skin that won’t be covered in clothes—including your ears and hands—15 minutes before heading outside.

By Cathy Garrard
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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