Save Your Skin: Common Sunscreen Myths, Debunked

A Base Tan Won’t Protect You

A person rubs sunscreen on a woman's back.
Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty Images
Sina Schuldt/picture alliance via Getty Images

A common myth says that a base tan will protect your skin against the sun. But this is not true. According to Scientific American, several studies confirm that a base tan does not guard your skin. At most, a tan provides an SPF of three–not enough to remove the risk of cancer.

Remember, you need an SPF of at least 30 to help prevent cancer. A solid sunscreen will work much better than a tan. Plus, Terry Slevin, a research director Cancer Council WA, emphasizes that no skin tone is immune to cancer. No matter your skin color, wear sunscreen!