Debunking Myths on Sun Protection
Most people usually get themselves sunblock only when summer comes. Some even probably think they can still use the left-over product from the previous summer. Ideally, sunscreen should be applied all year long and replaced every season! Using expired sunscreen will not effectively protect you against sun exposure, especially UVA protection. Take note of the expiry date on the sunscreen; after the best-by date, the product will expire as the active ingredients start to break down.
So, when it comes to sun protection and skincare, knowing facts against common myths is the key to keep your skin safe and overall health. Follow along to find out whether you are on the right track or how you should be aware to make your skin healthier.
Myth 1: Sunscreen is not always necessary.
Don’t think you only need to wear sunscreen when you go out and get exposed to the sun like when you go swimming. Most people understand the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer months. However, it is extremely important to make sure that you wear sunscreen on a regular basis in order to prevent damage to your skin in the long term. No matter rain or shine, both at home or outdoors, the truth is your skin can easily be damaged through exposure to UV rays. Never skip sunscreen in your morning routine!
Myth 2: The only way to obtain vitamin D is from sun exposure.
It is true that vitamin D is an essential nutrient for human health, and some people think that they can only get it from sun exposure. However, the risks of skin cancer vastly outweigh the benefits of getting Vitamin D from the sun. Even though using sunscreen protects skin from UV exposure, resulting in a lack of vitamin D, it does not entirely block it because sunscreen wears off from the body over time. So, taking a supplement and eating fortified foods with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, and cereals are suggested as safe ways to maintain Vitamin D levels.
Myth 3: People with dark skin do not need sunscreen.
Having darker skin means there is more melanin in the skin, which can protect UVB up to some extent, but it does not mean one can enjoy the outside without sun protection. The truth is, regardless of skin color, everyone needs daily sunscreen, with at least SPF 30 is suggested. Although dark-skinned people may not get sunburned quickly, they are still susceptible to sun damage—such as wrinkles, sunspots—and skin cancer.
Myth 4: Tanning beds provide a protective base tan.
Thinking of using a tanning bed to get a quick tan since summer is over? Many people believe getting darker skin with the use of a tanning bed will protect them from sun exposure, however, be aware that tanning beds use UVA light to darken skin while sunlight has both UVA and UVB. So, it only provides little protection from getting sunburn caused by UVB light.
Myth 5: SPF in makeup is enough to protect the face.
Many people misbelieve that SPF in makeup alone can protect the face from sunlight, and sunscreen can be skipped. Cosmetics, even those formulated with SPF, are not enough for maximum protection from harmful rays. It may act as an additional layer of protection, but never use it as a replacement for sunscreen.
Myth 6: Covering up is not necessary when wearing sunscreen.
While adding sunscreen to your routine will make you think that you are invincible under the sun, it can wear off anytime throughout the day; some areas may be left out, too, upon application. Moreover, SPF 100 only provides 99% of UVB absorption, which means it cannot fully protect skin from harmful rays. That’s why dressing in sun-protective clothes, in addition, is highly suggested to protect your skin better.
Myth 7: A single application of sunscreen protects you the entire day.
Misconception: Many people believe that applying sunscreen once during their morning routine is enough. This is not true because ingredients in sunscreen will break down once these are exposed to the sunlight, and it wears off over time. All sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours for maximum protection.
Myth 8: Sunscreen is waterproof.
You must have seen some labels such as “water-resistant” or “sweat-resistant” on the packaging of sunscreen. These products may provide UV protection on wet skin for up to 40 to 80 minutes at most. Be aware! This does not necessarily mean waterproof.
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