Sunscreen is your skin’s best friend. No matter where you are or what you are wearing, you should never compromise on it. So often, people underestimate the value of sunscreen in their beauty routine. We can’t stress it enough that SUNSCREEN is IMPORTANT! Period.
As important as it is, there are several myths floating around about sunscreen. And you’ll find several blogs/articles on busting SPF myths clamoring for your attention with flashy titles. But not every source is to be trusted! However, you know us, and you know that you can trust us. So, here we are, debunking the top five myths about sunscreen. Keep scrolling to find out more.
5 myths floating around about sunscreen
Myth 1: Higher SPF offers more extended protection.
As much as we want it to be accurate, it isn’t. FYI, SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98% of harmful UVB rays. While a higher SPF offers more protection, it doesn’t necessarily provide more extended protection. For effective results, you need to reapply frequently throughout the day.
Myth 2: Darker skin tones don’t need sunscreen.
Damaging ultraviolet rays are not racist. No matter where your skin tone ranges in the shade chart, it damages all the skin tones equally. Though darker skin tone tans slowly compared to lighter shades, it still burns, resulting in sunspots. Therefore, regardless of your skin tone, sun protection is necessary.
Myth 3: You don’t require sunscreen when indoors.
Did you know that UV rays can penetrate glass? That said, you are never really hidden from the damaging rays. For example, suppose you are sitting at a desk by a window, which exposes you to UV rays, which may contribute to sun damage. So, no matter if you have planned not to step outside, you still have to apply sunscreen to protect your skin against damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need SPF wearing fully covered clothes.
Funny! Please do not believe this. UV rays can easily penetrate through clothes. So, if you are outside exposed to the sun, regardless of wearing fully covered clothes, you must wear your sunscreen.
Myth 5: Makeup with SPF is sufficient protection.
Nope, not at all! While your makeup may have SPF, it may not be broad-spectrum, which means it may not be able to offer protection from UVB rays (the primary cause of tanning & sunburn).
The takeaway? Do not believe everything you hear about sunscreen from people around you. Instead, do your research, and always remember to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen whether you are exposed to the sun or indoors.