Unprotected sun exposure is one key contributor to skin aging and skin cancer. While lots have been written on the importance of wearing sunscreen, not everything we read is necessarily the truth. Lets get the facts behind some common sunscreen myths.
Myth #1: I don’t need sunscreen on cloudy days or in water or shaded areas.
The truth is a good portion of the sun’s rays can penetrate through clouds, glass, water and even clothing. Don’t think you are protected in your car or at home looking out of the window or under a shade. In fact, it is important to reapply sunscreen every two hours when you are under the sun for long hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
Myth #2: People with dark skin don’t need sunscreen.
Everyone should wear sunscreen on a regular basis, no matter how dark or fair skinned you are. We all have equal potential to burn, potential to age and potential to have skin cancer when left unprotected.
Myth #3: There is no need to apply sunscreen if it is in my makeup.
Foundations, blush, bronzing powders, all seem to contain SPF these days but it isn’t enough. The reason is makeup is usually applied unevenly like the blush, or thinly as a foundation and they will not provide appropriate coverage. It is most important to double up on our protection and use a sunscreen as well. Opt for a daily moisturizer with SPF 30 which will give you added moisture and protection in one easy step.
Myth #4: Sunscreen products with the same SPF offer the same protection.
The sun has two damaging rays. UVA rays cause skin aging & wrinkles and can contribute to skin cancer. UVB rays are responsible for skin burns and cataracts and also contribute to skin cancer.….
When purchasing sunscreen products, always look for broad spectrum protection on the label to ensure you are protected against both UVA and UVB rays.
Myth #5: Its okay to use a leftover sunscreen bottle from last year.
Nothing lasts forever and sunscreens will lose their effectiveness over time. Always check the expiry dates on your bottles. Better to be safe than save a few dollars. Make sure the sunscreen you use will actually protect your skin as well as your loved ones.
Enjoy the sun by all means. But we must protect ourselves every day from the damaging effects of the sun rays. In this way, we can live healthily while looking good. For more information on a daily moisturizer with SPF 30, contact me, Karen at +65 9838 0276.