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This time of year, sun protection is top of mind. Whether you’re curious about the best sunscreens for everyday wear or the differences between physical and chemical SPF, we’ve got you covered this summer with our guide to safe sun 101.
You’re probably well-versed in the basics of sun protection: Wear SPF daily, reapply it diligently, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen. But even the most skin-savvy among us often buy into common myths that can leave us exposed to sun damage, premature aging and even an increased risk of skin cancer (if you’ve ever used the words “base tan,” keep reading).
To help clear up the misconceptions, we checked in with Dr. Deborah Sarnoff, a board-certified dermatologist in New York and President of The Skin Cancer Foundation, to tell us whether some common beliefs about sun protection are true or false.
And to help you stay protected this season, we’ve curated an exclusive Sun Care Kit featuring Dermstore bestsellers and sunscreens approved by The Skin Cancer Foundation (don’t wait—these sets are known to sell out fast). Now, for some myth-busting: