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We all know that the sun can damage your skin, but curiously enough not everyone uses sun protection. Even though we know the risks, only 50% of people regularly uses sun care protection. But if your realize that burning your skin only once can cause you to develop skin cancer later in life, you’d be really silly not to adopt a strict sun care routine. And a great bonus is that it helps prevent skin’s premature ageing. Here are some facts and myths about sun protection and safe sun rituals.

1.There’s no such thing as a safe tan

Fact. A tan is an indication that your skin has been damaged by the sun. Tanning occurs when UV rays penetrate the skin and injure the pigment cells. The darker your tan, the more the skin has been damaged. Sun damage can lead to premature aging and hyper pigmentation, but long-term exposure even puts you at risk for skin cancer. Wearing a high level sunscreen is the most effective way to protect your skin from UV damage. Still looking for that sun-kissed look? Try a self-tanning lotion to get a safe tan without putting your health at risk.

2. It’s perfectly fine to use last year’s sun protection product

Fiction. All cosmetics have an expiration date, the same a allies to your sun protection products. Even though that bottle from last year’s holiday may still be full, make sure to check the expiration date, as its protective properties decreases over time. Check on the back of the bottle for a symbol that looks like an opened jar with a number in it. That number indicates the amount of months that you can use a product after it’s been opened. Most sun care products can be used for about a year. Have you used your sunscreen longer than that? Better be safe than sorry and get yourself a new one.

3. You even need sun protection on cloudy days or in the shade

Fact. Being outside on an overcast day in the summer may initially feel fine for your skin, but it’s a false sense of security. The tricky thing is that clouds influence the strength of UV rays. It depends on the type of the cloud, the thickness of the cloud and whether it is deep right through the atmosphere. UV radiation can penetrate through thin clouds, so you can still get high levels of UV exposure on cloudy days. UV rays can also reflect off the cloud’s edges, so their strength is intensified. Therefore it is also present when you’re in the shade or under an umbrella and you will still need to protect your skin with a sun protection product. Even though there may be no sun to be seen, it’s wise to keep your skin safe with a decent amount of sun protection.

4. You don’t need sun protection when you’re dark skinned

Fiction. Even though dark skin doesn’t burn as fast as lighter skin types, it can still burn and it’s prone to skin damage and at risk for skin cancer from UVA rays without adequate protection. The same goes for suntanned skin. Some people think that they no longer need sun protection after you’ve built up a ‘base tan’ on your holiday. However, having a slight tan only provides protection similar to a maximum of SPF 4, which is not nearly enough when spending quite some time in the sun. Keep your skin healthy and make sure to use proper sun protection throughout the day.

5. When I apply factor 50 sun care lotion in the morning I am protected all day

Fiction. Regardless of the SPF or what the label says, your sun protection product must be reapplied every 80 minutes or less. Many people mistakenly think a high-SPF product will protect them all day with just the one application but really all sun protection products must be reapplied regularly.

6. SPF 60 gives me double the protection of sun care lotion with SPF 30

Fiction. A SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take for your skin to burn if you were not wearing a sun protection product as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on. This means that the SPF indication doesn’t imply that it is twice as effective in blocking the effects of the sun. SPF 30 has a 97% protection rate, where as SPF 60 provides skin with 98-98.6% protection.

7. Some sunscreens are waterproof or sweat proof

Fact and Fiction.  Actually water/sweat/perspiration resistant is a better way of putting it. But it is good to know that it only means that the sunscreen offers SPF protection up until after 40 minutes of water exposure. So you need to reapply regularly when you swim a lot. Also when you love running in the sun and when you sweat a lot it is important to use sun protection.

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