8 Myths about SPF

By now, you may already know that sunscreen is a skincare product you should take seriously. The SPF you apply on your face and body is your first defense against sun rays, which can cause skin issues and even lead to skin cancer.

However, millions of people still don’t fully understand SPF. Here are common sunscreen myths you should stop believing.

You Don’t Need to Wear Sunscreen If You Have Dark Skin

Whether you have pale or dark skin, you should protect yourself from UVA rays, which cause skin cancer and aging, as well as UVB rays, which can lead to burning.

While people with dark skin produce more melanin, which prevents the skin from burning, it is not enough. In fact, dark-skinned people feature the lowest melanoma survival rate.

A Base Tan Is Enough

Nothing feels better than lounging all day on the beach to get a tan. But newsflash: Your base tan won’t protect you. Despite what you see on labels, there is no safe tan since it only has an SPF of around 4.

Being tanned is the response of your body to being exposed to UV rays.  When your body is exposed to more light, it produces more melanin, which colors your skin. However, this only means that you’ve already caused damage.

Higher SPF Is Better

While it is not recommended to use SPF 4 or 6 since it won’t give you the protection you need, a higher SPF is not always better. Once you reach SPF 50, the difference would be very minimal.

SPF 100 is just actually a lot of marketing or just chemicals. Think of it this way: SPF 50 blocks 98 percent of rays; SPF 15 blocks 93 percent. For everyday use, you’d be fine with SPF 30 which blocks 97 percent of UV rays.

Face Protection Is Enough

Your face is not the only part of your body light touches. Make sure to also put sunscreen on your feet, arms, and back. This way, you are not leaving any part vulnerable to skin cancer. Also, don’t forget your hands.

You Can’t Get Vitamin D

Many people argue that they don’t need to put on sunscreen because their body needs vitamin D. However, your skin won’t stop producing vitamin D if you have a layer of protection. You can also get this essential vitamin in a short time by staying out in the sun.  

You Don’t Need to Reapply Sunscreen

You need to reapply sunscreen while on the beach even if the label says “waterproof.” There is no such thing as a waterproof sunblock. Although some are water-resistant, pool and sea water still lessens the protection of sunscreen. Reapply it every one or two hours to be safe.

You Don’t Need Sunscreen If It’s Cloudy or Snowing

Clouds cannot protect you from the sun’s rays because clouds are made of water vapor. Even if it is raining outside, you should still apply sunscreen just like you would on a sunny day. You also need to put on sunscreen when it is snowing because the sun’s rays bounce off the snow.

All Sunscreen Causes Pimples

Many people swear off sunscreen because they think it only causes skin breakouts. However, maybe you are only reacting to some of the ingredients in the product. Look for a sunscreen that is meant for your skin type so you won’t suffer from clogged pores.

Don’t Forget to Wear Sunscreen

Ask any dermatologist and they’ll tell you that the sun is your skin’s worst enemy. Now that you know common sunscreen myths, there’s absolutely no reason to skip using sunscreen.

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