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Do you hear that? I think the beach is calling us? Have you already decided what swimsuit and sunglasses you’ll be rocking this summer? Do you have your sunscreen picked out already? I hope you do! Wait…before you even think about laying out in that sun, I want to make sure you’re not fooled by some of the sun care myths out there. Let’s bust a few right now!
A myth is defined as a traditional or legendary story. You know, something a friend may have told you or one of our relatives have passed onto us. We all know about those “he said, she said” beauty tips. Well, your skin health is really important and it shouldn’t be dependent on a myth. Sun damage can lead to skin cancer and advanced signs of aging.
Here are five very common sun care myths:
1. “I have darker skin, I don’t need to wear sunscreen.”
This has got to be one of my biggest pet peeves. We should all know and repeat in our heads that skin cancer does not see color. The American Academy of Dermatology states that regardless of skin color or ethnicity, anyone can develop skin cancer. They also note that it can be harder to diagnose in people of color because it can be hidden between the toes or on the scalp. And that it’s often not diagnosed until after the cancer has spread, which can make treatment less effective.
2. “Sunscreen is only needed if I’m headed to the beach or the pool.”
A sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher should be worn every day, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. It should be a part of our lives—just like you would apply lotion or deodorant daily.
3. “I’ll just throw on this cover-up and I’ll be protected.”
You’d think this would be a quick fix. The truth of the matter is it’s not. UVA and UVB rays can pass right on through. Read the difference between UVA and UVB rays here. And according to the CDC, something like your basic T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15. So make sure you’re wearing clothing with a specific Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) or sunscreen under your cover-up.
4. “This sunscreen has a SPF of 75, I don’t need to reapply.”
Wrong again my loves. Please don’t forget to reapply! First, the FDA recommends using Broad Spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of 15 or higher regularly and as directed. That means read the label. Then you should reapply the sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating, jumping in and out of the water, or toweling off.
5. “A tanning salon is a lot safer way to tan.”
Don’t be fooled by indoor tanning! According to the CDC, Indoor tanning exposes its users to both UVA and UVB rays. And it’s especially dangerous for the younger users. They claim that people who begin tanning younger than age 35 have a 59% higher risk of melanoma.
I really hope that busting a few of these sun care myths will come in handy this summer and throughout your life. And remember these are only a few of them that are out there.
Do you want to learn more?
Join me as I co-host the first-ever The Sun Up, Sundown #ChooseSkinHealth tweet-a-thon with Neutrogena! I’m so excited! You know how important sun care is to me. Not only will we be educated on healthy skin care tips, but there will be prizes before and during the Twitter party. Get all the details below.
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Topic: Myth-Busters: Debunk some of the most common suncare myths
Special Guests: Sandra Echeverría @sandraecheverr, Dr. Leyda Bowes @dermbowes and Elizabeth Ulloa @eulloamakeup
Hosts: Kika Rocha @kikarochamoda, Rory Lassanske @mcontemporanea, Monique Frausto @curvesandchaos, Laura Termini @chicanol and Andrea Minski @andreaminski
Moderators: @lbconnect @laflowers