We asked experts to set the record straight about our less-than-perfect sun safety habits.
The Excuse: "I have olive skin."
All skin colors, including darker tones, can be damaged by the sun -- no one is immune to skin cancer.
The Excuse: "I heard that most sun damage occurs before age 18."
Sun damage doesn't just stop when you turn 18. You have to wear sunscreen every day for life.
The Excuse: "I often skip SPF so I can absorb vitamin D from the sun."
You can get enough vitamin D in your diet or from just a few minutes of sunlight each week.
The Excuse: "I'm not going to be outside today."
Damaging rays penetrate glass -- you're not protected in the car or in a room, sitting by a window.
The Excuse: "I tan easily, so I think it's okay to get a bit of color."
Any color at all means that the sun's rays have damaged your skin.
Copyright © 2007. Reprinted with permission from the July 2007 issue of Parents magazine.