Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, but we still have several sunscreen myths running through our culture. Take the time to make sure you understand the truth about sunscreen and how to protect yourself from skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, and more. Don’t fall for the following sunscreen myths.

Sunscreen Myth 1: A Base Tan Is a Protection

This isn’t a popular bit of knowledge, but the truth is that a tan is your body’s response to being injured by UV exposure. Your tan is showing that damage has been done, not that you’re protected against future damage. Some people think you should tan before a vacation so you can avoid a burn, but this actually isn’t accurate. Tanning is dangerous. Period.

Sunscreen Myth 2: I’m Covered Because I have Sunscreen in My Makeup

Sunscreen in your foundation is good, but it isn’t good enough because you won’t apply enough to adequately protect yourself. Don’t fall for this sunscreen myth. You need a separate sunscreen with an SPF of 30. Every day.

Sunscreen Myth 3: I Have Dark Skin, So I’m OK

Nobody is immune to the risk of skin cancer. The false belief that darker-skinned people don’t have to worry about sun protection might even lead them to be diagnosed with skin cancer at later, and more dangerous, stages. Everyone, regardless of skin color, needs to protect their skin from the sun.

Sunscreen Myth 4: There’s No Point in Protecting Now. All the Damage Was Done Before I Turned 18.

No matter how much damage occurred to your skin in your youth, you can always improve your sun habits now to lessen your chances of getting skin cancers, premature wrinkles, sun spots, and other signs of aging. Sunscreen is the right decision at any age.

Sunscreen Myth 5: I Need More Sun Exposure to Get My Vitamin D

It’s true that we get vitamin D from the sun, but what you may not realize is you don’t need much sun exposure to get that vitamin D. 15 minutes in the sun is adequate. Furthermore, sun exposure is not the only way to get vitamin D. Instead, a mix of diet, supplements and incidental sun exposure will give you the levels you need. So put on the sunscreen. It won’t limit your vitamin D levels.

Sunscreen Myth 6: I Only Need Sunscreen During Peak Hours

The hours when you have the greatest chance of getting a sunburn are during the peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is when UVB rays are the strongest. However, UVA rays are present all day long — and they can be a factor in developing some skin cancers as well as aging.

You also need sunscreen on cloudy days because clouds block only about 20 percent of UV rays. You can still get burned.

Sunscreen Myth 7: One Application Is Enough for the Day

You need to reapply sunscreen every two to four hours. And you need to use more than you probably think. When covering your whole body, you should use as much sunscreen as would fill a shot glass. If you go in the water, you may need to apply sunscreen more often.

Use the Right Sunscreen

Deter’s Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is safe, effective, non-irritating, 100% hypoallergenic, and suitable for every skin type.Use it each day to protect yourself from the dangers of the sun.