1

It is not possible to get sunburnt on windy, cloudy or cool days.

INCORRECT: Sunburn is not caused by temperature but rather by UV radiation. UV radiation can be just as fierce on a day when it’s hot and sunny, as when it’s cool or cloudy. So Be Skin Smart and always remember to pack your sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for an outdoor day. 28

2

Using cosmetics that contain sunscreen means you don’t need to apply additional sunscreen.

INCORRECT: Most cosmetics offer protection that is much lower than the recommended minimum of SPF30, and may not be broad-spectrum to filter both UVA and UVB radiation. So while cosmetics and moisturisers with SPF are great to add to your sun protection arsenal, you still need to top up your application of sunscreen every two hours. 28

3

It is safer to tan at the salon than it is from direct sun exposure.

INCORRECT: Tanning beds, booths, and lamps produce a similar amount of UV radiation as the sun, if not more. Skin damage (a tan or a burn) from indoor tanning increases the risk of skin aging, skin cancer, and eye problems, just like damage from sunlight. 11,14

4

Darker Skin from fake tans makes it safer when you are in the sun.

INCORRECT: Fake tans are not intended to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure. Some fake tans may come with a SPF rating but this is still the same as sunscreen – It needs to be re-applied regularly. 29

5

Dark skinned people can’t get Skin Cancer.

INCORRECT: Anyone, regardless of race, can get skin cancer. While melanoma is more common in the Caucasian population, studies have shown that it is more deadly in people of colour. 30