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Before you head to the beach or accept that rooftop tanning soiree with your girls in the Hamptons, brush up on your sun safety to prevent future problems down the line. Skin cancer, pre-mature aging and sun burn are surefire ways to ruin the fun of summer.

Check out our top tips for protecting your skin and debunking some of those myths about sun protection you may be confused about.

  • Not all sunscreens protect against only UVB rays – Believe it or not but not all sunscreens can completely protect you from both UVB and UVB rays (which can lead to premature skin aging, skin cancer, and sunburn). Only sunscreens labeled “Broad Spectrum” and “SPF 15″ (or higher) can reduce your risk of aging and skin cancer.
  • There’s no such thing as a safe tan – Don’t be fooled people.  Any sun exposure your skin receives is subjected to the harsh reality of ultraviolet rays. Anyway you tan your risk for skin cancer and aging increases.
  • Makeup with SPF can protect you from the sun – From compressed powders to tinted moisturizers and eye creams, products that have an SPF rating of 15 or higher can provide protection from the sun.
  • Dark skinned peope still need sunscren – Deeper hued beauties are naturally protected from the sun compared to their fairer skinned counter-parts. But this is no excuse to not wear protection. Skin cancer is increasing among African-Americans and Hispanics who can still burn and should protect themselves from sun damage and skin cancer.

Reference: WebMD

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