The 3 Biggest Sunscreen Myths You Should Stop Believing

Learn about common SPF myths to help protect your skin.

The 3 Biggest Sunscreen Myths You Should Stop Believing

By Toni Gasparis

Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe performed an experiment with different SPF products to determine if the things we believe about sunscreen are actually true. In her experiment she used a UV light to scan and test for skin damage caused by the sun from ineffective SPF application. Read about the myths you need to stop believing right now to make sure your skin stays healthy and safe during the summer months.

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You Can Use Old Sunscreen

While you may think that you can use sunscreen from year to year to save money, older sunscreen is actually not safe to use. Bottles of sunscreen are usually only good for three years when stored in a cool, dry place. But you take your sunscreen to the beach or pool and it sits in the heat which causes its effectiveness to deplete rapidly over time. Check the expiration date on your bottle and do yourself a favor and buy new sunscreen every year to guarantee the best protection against UV rays.

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