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SUN PROTECTION

SUN MYTHS

It’s important to be aware of the following myths:

MYTH: SUNSCREEN KEEPS YOU SAFE ALL DAY

FACT: Nothing can protect you 100% from UV rays, except sitting in a windowless room. Sunscreen is an important part of your defense against the sun, but you should consider other options such as UV protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and ultimately staying out of the sun for the long term benefit of your skin.

MYTH: THE SUN IS THE BEST SOURCE FOR VITAMIN D

FACT: There is an ongoing debate in the medical community that daily sun exposure is critical for production of adequate vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that prevents rickets in children, maintains bone density in adults, may inhibit certain cancers such as Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and possibly lessens the risk of diseases such as multiple sclerosis. It is true that sunlight stimulates the production of vitamin D; however, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you get your daily value of vitamin D from non sun sources such as orange juice, salmon, and other fatty fishes or a multivitamin containing at least 1000 international units of vitamin D daily.

MYTH: SUNBATHING IS A GOOD WAY TO CLEAR UP ACNE

FACT: People believe that sun helps to clear up their acne because a tan masks the redness of a breakout and may in fact dry pimples up a bit faster. However, over time, sun exposure causes breakouts rather than clears them. With every tan, cell turnover increases, building up more dead cells. As these dead cells pile up, pores become blocked, causing more breakouts. So, sunbathing is not a viable way to treat acne and will often make it worse.

MYTH: SUNLESS TANNERS DARKEN SKIN, SO THEY PROTECT FROM SUNBURNS

FACT: Sunless tanners stain the colour of the stratum corneum, which is the outermost layer of your skin. Suntans and sunburns affect the deepest layer of the epidermis, the stratum basale. These fake tans do not protect you from the sun.