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The Truth About Sunscreen Myths

The Truth About Sunscreen Myths

We all know it’s important to wear sunscreen. However, with myths and other false information floating around, there are still consumers who may not understand the full story on the ways of sun protection. Misconceptions about tanning, skin cancer and UV damage can lead to harmful sun exposure. Follow these skin care tips to receive proper sun protection.

SPF doesn’t cover it.

When looking for a sunscreen, many consumers only look at the SPF, which is not the best way to determine if your sunscreen is adequate. SPF only explains how well a product protects against UVB rays, not UVA. Both types of UV exposure cause skin cancer so you need a sunscreen lotion that is designated as broad spectrum such as EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen.

Dark skin tones and base tans don’t replace the need for sunscreen.

Two common misconceptions include the belief that having a darker skin tone or getting a base tan will protect you from sun damage. However, as a base tan is only good for about an SPF of 4! People with dark skin tones are still at risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves with sunscreen. Additionally, tanning isn’t safer than burning as any change in skin tone indicates UV damage.

You need to wear sunscreen 365 days a year.

Sunscreen shouldn’t be limited to your summer skin care routine. It’s important to wear sunscreen every day and reapply often. Many individuals also believe the sun’s rays can’t penetrate through clouds, windows, umbrellas and other objects. Sunscreen is still essential when the sky is overcast, while you’re under a beach umbrella or spending your day at the office. Sun damage can reach through clouds and windows. Additionally, the sun’s rays can reflect off of sand or snow.

There is a sunscreen for every skin type, even sensitive.

There have been several debates about the safety of chemical ingredients in sunscreen, leading people to believe these products can cause allergic reactions or harm the skin. With physical, mineral and chemical formulas to choose from, however, it’s easy for everyone to find a sunscreen lotion that works for their skin type.

Practicing sun safety is important.

Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and reapplying at least every two hours. However, sunscreen is only half of the equation. For optimal sun protection, avoid excessive sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is most intense. It’s also important to protect your skin with proper clothing such as loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and pants, as well as wide-brimmed hats. For added UV protection, pair your sunscreen lotion with Heliocare Sun Protection Pills. These daily supplements protect your skin from the inside out.

How do you protect yourself from the sun? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #LovelySkin.

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About the Author

Kristen is a copy editor for LovelySkin who loves catching up on the latest in skin care and beauty trends. Her favorite things include cats, concerts and Harry Potter.

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