No Excuses for Skipping Sunscreen

Think you can outsmart the sun? No way, say the experts.

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.

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