The scorching heat, dangerous UV rays and the swearing temperature these days has all the ingredients it takes to completely ruin your skin and burn it. There are many persistent myths about the usage of sunscreen and many experienced beauticians too go wrong with it. Sun damage leads to various diseases and issues like skin cancer, ageing, pigmentation, etc. So to keep yourself safe from the sun and these damages, get an answer to the myths and misconceptions that you have about sunscreens. So here is the list of 11 Sunscreen myths busted.
#1 You don’t need a sunscreen if you have a dark complexion
Sun damage does not happen to only those who have clear skin. Even if you have a dark and dusky complexion, you need protection from the sun. Most of the people believe that sun can only cause you tans and burns and make your skin look dark. But this is just what you can see happening to your skin. The tan damages your skin and leads to dangerous problems. So whatever complexion you have, wear a good sunscreen daily.
#2 I need sunscreen only under the scorching sun
Sunscreen protects you from the UV rays, as they tend to damage the skin. Now there is no logic behind the point that these UV rays cause damage only during the day. Remember a simple fact that you have to wear the sunscreen daily. No matter if you are stepping out in the day time, late in the evening or not stepping out at all, do not skip the sunscreen. Even when you use computer and cell phones, you are damaged from the UV rays and therefore you need protection all the time.
#3 You cannot wear makeup if you are wearing a sunscreen
The process is simple. Clean your face, apply some moisturizer and then the sunscreen lotion. Once you are done with this, you can wear your makeup like you always do. Moreover, you can check the label before buying a sunscreen to be absolutely sure if you can wear it under your makeup.
#4 Sunscreen causes skin problems – Most Common Sunscreen Myth
Now consider this one! How could applying something that prevents your skin from getting damaged can because you damage? Do not believe on any such thing as the use of sunscreen is only going to do you good. If you feel that you can use some natural ingredients to prevent sun damage rather than wearing sunscreen that has chemicals, you are highly mistaken. This product is designed with a specific purpose and everything used herein is simply going to help you rather than causing any kind of damage.
#5 Regular sunscreen usage makes you vitamin D intolerant
This is the silliest myth you could literally lend an ear to. Only because sun is the good source of vitamin D does not mean that you could immerse yourself into sun bathing all day. Your body has a certain requirement of vitamin D that can be easily fulfilled by spending 10-20 minutes under the sun. So even if you are using a sunscreen, it will not reduce your vitamin D levels in any situation.
#6 Sunscreen has no expiry date
This myth you all must know among all the sunscreen myths. The makers have written the expiry date on the bottle of the sunscreen lotion for a reason and do not ignore that. Using a sunscreen even after it has expired would not do any good to your skin and will not give you any kind of protection. It is made up of certain chemicals which have the properties to break down and lose its effect after a certain time. So consider this aspect and destroy the once that have expired.
#7 High SPF, good product
This is among the most common sunscreen myths. People believe that if they buy a sunscreen with higher SPF, which is “sun protection factor”, they would be protected from the sun. What is important is the ingredients of the sunscreen and not necessarily the higher SPF. Anything that is close to SPF 30-40 is good for daily use and if you are going to spend some time directly under the sun in the prime day hours, use a higher range of SPF 70-80.
#8 Protect Your Face Only Will Do
This myth, is actually outdated . Giving attention only to face won’t work, as every body part needs attention. So apply sunscreen to your back, neck, legs, hands. Just focus all body parts as leaving other parts won’t only cause sun damage but aging too. So love your body. then only your body will love you.
#9 Sunscreen doesn’t suit me
This is the most illogical myth among all the sunscreen myths. Sunscreen come for all skin types. No one can be allergic to sunscreen, being truly allergic is exceptionally rare. And to know which sunscreen will suit you more, try a test spot before applying.
#10 Sunblock Vs Sunscreen
Many of us think that there is no difference between sunblock and sunscreen. But there is a difference. Sunblock protect you from UVB rays. the’ B’ here stands for burning. Sunblock basically selects your outer layer of skin. Whereas, the sunscreen filters harmful rays that your skin is exposed to. Sunblock works physically and sunscreen works chemically preventing and repairing any long term damage to skin.
#11 Don’t Apply Sunscreen Again And Again When You Are Out
It is said when you are out, don’t apply sunscreen again and again as it block your pores. Ah! again a misconception. Well when you are out in sun, you are expected to sweat. That’s why you need to reapply your sunscreen. Which is actually okay. Just keep certain points in mind. If you can’t wash your face, don’t apply sunscreen on sweaty face. You need to use your wet wipes. Wipe you face with wet tissue and then apply your sunscreen and save yourself from sun.
These were some of the common sunscreen myths. Don’t allow such myths to fool you and honestly make sunscreen your best friend.
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