Ask any dermatologist (which we do, constantly) and they
will tell you that the number one thing you can do for your skin is use
sunscreen. It reduces the risk of skin cancer and serves as a barrier to
protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun (like skin discoloration and
prematurely aging skin). But not everyone agrees with the often-lauded benefits
of using sunscreen, including former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, who
recently confessed that she has never worn SPF—not even during her days running
on the beach in that famous red one piece.
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In a recent Q&A with Harper’s Bazaar, the 50-yeaer-old starlet and outspoken animal activist was asked if she always
wears SPF and her answer was surprising: “Never—my parents never put SPF on me.
And then I found out how it polluted the ocean. I never wore sunscreen on Baywatch.
It may seem shocking to hear that a former sun worshiper
like Anderson never uses sun protection, but she’s not alone. According to a
survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2013, the
majority of Americans do not regularly use sunscreen to protect themselves from
harmful UV rays. Despite years of public health messages, only about one third of
Americans said they use sunscreen regularly. With so many new options available in today’s sunscreen market, there are plenty of eco-friendly choices to choose from these days, so there’s something for everyone—even the most famous bombshell TV lifeguard.