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Think you know everything about sunscreen? Here are 5 facts that may surprise you.

Myth 1: I only need to wear sunscreen on sunny days.  Truth is that the sun releases both UVA and UVB rays. While UVB rays associated with Burning are more prevalent during the summer, UVA rays (the ones associated with Aging skin) are around year round. They can penetrate through windows and clouds so unless you're wearing sunscreen, you're not protected.

Myth 2: Dark skin doesn't need sunscreen.  Skin cancer rates are increasing amongst darker skinned individuals. And, the sun deepens dark spots and can lead to hyperpigmentation. Just because you have darker skin, you're not immune from sun damage.

Myth 3: I've never burned yet so why bother?  Just because you've never burned doesn't mean you never will. Older skin loses its ability to produce melanin effectively making you more likely to burn. And sun damage occurs whether you get a burn or not.

Myth 4: Skin cancer is easy to treat.  True, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are common types of skin cancer. While they can be treated, both the biopsy and surgery to remove lesions can leave scars or in rare cases, cause disfigurement. And, a number of studies have shown that having skin cancer increases your risk for developing other cancers including breast, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lung and even kidney. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.

Myth 5: A tan will protect me.  Tans are an indication of having too much sun. While they may look good now, think long term – saggy, leathery skin isn't something to look forward to.

Skin care professionals agree that sun protection is the number one thing that you can do to delay the effects of aging and keep your skin looking young and healthy. Find one that protects you against both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of 30 or higher and use it daily year round. [Link Removed] 

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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      Vikki Hall wrote May 26, 2011
    • Great info! And while I gave up sun worship without protection years ago I still like color. Do you have a personnal favorite self tanner? Do they make any with an SPF in them?



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      Mzd3 wrote May 27, 2011
    • Do your sunscreens have ingredients in them that can cause cancer like the ones all the stores sell?



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      Pharmagirl wrote May 31, 2011
    • Vikki,
      I love the tinted sunscreens made by Anthelios. Have a look at [Link Removed] It doesn't contain sun filters, but if you wear one of the Anthelios creams during the day, the effect would be pretty as well as safe.
      Let me know what you think! Sharmani


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      Pharmagirl wrote May 31, 2011
    • Dianne407,
      Thanks for your question. We recommend several lines of sunscreens which are backed by science and screened for quality and safety. The top-selling [Link Removed] a micronized zinc-based product developed by a melanoma survivor. Visit us online for more about sunscreens.  Best wishes, Sharmani


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