7 sun safety myths you need to know

Myth: You Can't Get Burned on Cloudy Days – Truth: Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate clouds, so you can still get sunburned on an overcast day.

Myth: A Base Tan Protects Against Sunburn – Truth: There's no such thing as a safe tan. A tan is the skin's response to damage from UV rays

Myth: If You Have Dark Skin, You Don't Need Sunscreen – Truth: While darker skin tones have more melanin, which offers some protection against UV radiation

Myth: Sunscreen Is Only Needed in the Summer – Truth: The sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Even during winter or in cooler weather

Myth: Using a High SPF Means You Can Stay in the Sun Longer – Truth: High SPF provides better protection against UVB rays, but not proportionally to the increase in SPF number.

Myth: Sunscreen Is All You Need for Protection – Truth: While sunscreen is vital, complete sun protection involves wearing protective clothing

Myth: Vitamin D Deficiency Is a Good Reason to Avoid Sunscreen – Truth: While sunlight is a natural source of Vitamin D, prolonged UV exposure raises the risk of skin damage and cancer.

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