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Busting Sun Myths


Myth 1: A suntan is a sign of health.
Fact: A suntan is a sign that your skin is trying to protect itself against the sun's damaging rays. The tan will fade, but damage to your skin cells remains and adds up over the years.

Myth 2: You cannot get a sunburn on a cloudy or cool day.
Fact: Up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can pass through light clouds, haze, mist and fog. The UV Index can be high even if the temperature feels cool. You can get a sunburn even on cloudy and cool days.

Myth 3: Only fair-skinned people are at risk from too much exposure to sunlight.
Fact: Too much sunlight can damage eyes, which leads to cataracts, and the skin, which leads to sunburn, premature skin aging and skin cancer. Everyone, regardless of skin color, needs protection from the sun.




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