Summer is here, and that means it’s time to break out the sunscreen. Right now the sun is closer to the earth than it is the rest of the year, and that means it is hotter and your chances of getting a sunburn are much higher.
If you ask any dermatologist, though, they’d tell you that you need to wear sunscreen every day of the year to stay protected. So, if you’re going to get in the habit of wearing sunscreen daily, summer is the best (and easiest) time to get hooked.
But, while we all know what sunscreen does, there are still some persistent myths out there that are actually preventing people from protecting themselves to the fullest. The truth is, no matter how much you think you know, there’s probably a myth on this list that you still believe.
Check out our article and get the proper sunscreen information you need to stay healthy this summer!
1. Myth: Sunscreen over SPF 15 doesn’t actually do anything
Truth: Dermatologists say otherwise
It’s true, right now the FDA is debating whether very high SPF’s, like those over 50, really do that much better of a job. But, when it comes to the normal 15, 30 and 50 SPF, dermatologists interviewed by Readers Digest agreed there is a difference — especially when it comes to how you apply it.
“If you use SPF 50, you really get the protection of an SPF 20 based on how people actually apply it,” New York City dermatologist Doris Day, MD explained. So remember, reapply, people!
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