There is so much confusing information out there about what the sun does for your skin and when or how to apply sunscreen correctly. Check out these 5 myths and dispel all your doubts.

1. High sun exposure gives you a healthy glow
A tan is actually your body's way of doing everything it can to protect itself from sun damage. The sun emits a type of radiation called UV rays, which can damage your skin all the way down to the DNA in your skin cells. When your skin starts to turn pink or becomes red, this is your body's way of telling you that the sun is damaging your skin cells. Your skin colour is unique and to be cherished, so embrace it and take care of its natural glow.

2. The sun can cure my acne
The sun is incredibly powerful and now that we know exactly what kind of damage it can do to your skin, it's clear that using it as an acne treatment is truly a myth. In fact, the sun will actually do more harm than good when it comes to acne prone skin. Whilst the sun's UV rays can initially dry out and tan your skin, temporarily lessening the appearance of some blemishes, as if it's been treated, in fact, it has actually caused more harm. The cellular damage is already done by this point, and the sun will cause dark scars and spots where your acne once was. Also, if you're currently taking any acne medication, you're even more sensitive to sunlight.

3. If you have dark skin, you can't get sunburned
Whether you have fair skin or dark skin, you're at risk of sun damage if you don’t know how to apply sunscreen properly. The UV index is an important factor to consider when preventing sun damage because it measures how powerful the sun's UV rays are. You can determine the intensity of the UV index with a technique called 'The Shadow Test'. All you need to do is step outside and if your shadow is shorter than your height, the sun's UV rays are strong, so you will need a stronger sunscreen. Ultimately, good suncare products are important no matter how much melanin you have in your skin.

4. You can reverse sun damage with aloe vera and after-sun products
Aloe vera and other after-sun products are meant to soothe the top layer of your skin and alleviate acute pain. They cannot, however, reverse any sun damage that's already been done. The sun's UV rays damage the DNA in your skin cells and so, if you notice that your skin is starting to burn, the best thing you can do is to find some shade or apply sunscreen to the exposed skin in order to avoid any irreversible damage. As a rule, don’t forget how to apply sunscreen properly, making sure to cover all of your exposed skin.

5. People need lots of sun to get a good dose of vitamin D
It's true, sun exposure does help your body make vitamin D. However, once your body has made enough of it, any extra will be broken down and treated as waste. Your body is smart enough to make the most of the sun that you give it in brief stints and in lower doses... so you can sometimes skip the sunbathing!

Now that these myths have been busted, remember that it's best to stay covered and protected, whether you're at the beach on holiday or just walking from the car into the office. Take care of your skin's complexion with Garnier's Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced range because your skin is priceless!