4 Common Sunscreen Myths Debunked

Did you know that according to Australia's Department of Health and Ageing, Australia, along with New Zealand, has one of the highest numbers of cases of skin cancer and mortality rates in the world?

 

Whether you slather it on your skin or spray it, sunscreen is a skincare essential that should be a part of your daily routine. Here are some myths and facts about sunscreen before you step out into the sun:

Myth #1: Sunscreen Can Cause Cancer

First things first, there are two types of sunscreens: physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. It should be noted that there is no medical evidence that proves sunscreen causes cancer. Physical Sunscreens that are rich in minerals such as i.e. titanium dioxide, iron dioxide and zinc form an additional barrier on your skin, preventing the sun's harmful UV rays from penetrating your skin. These minerals block the sun, and as time passes. Chemical sunscreens includes ingredients that absorb sun's UV rays transform it into heat.

Myth #2: Sunscreen Only Needs To Be Applied Once A Day 

Continuing from the point mentioned above, sunscreen evaporates over time, so regular re-application is necessary.

If you're going to a pool or are at the beach, don't forget to carry your sunscreen and apply it after coming out of the water. Sunscreen isn't waterproof, so whatever you applied will most likely wash away with the water. When you sweat, the product can wear off as well.

We recommend applying it every two hours, especially if you’re outdoors under the sun.

 A woman applying sunscreen on her arm.

Myth #3: Sunscreen is Only Used When the Sun is out 

Yes, if the sun is shining directly over you, there's a higher chance of getting sunburnt, but sunscreen is something that should be used at all times, even if you're indoors.

Some UV rays can make their way through and attack your healthy skin cells even on cloudy days. If you're indoors, the sunrays enter via your windows and doors. Sun is a great vitamin D source, so closing your windows or avoiding the outdoors might do more harm and good. You just need your protective sunscreen, and you'll be good to go.

Myth #4: Sunscreens with a Higher SPF Are More Effective

SPF is the sun protection factor; this number indicates the level of protection. While it may be true that an SPF30+ will allow 3.3% of UVB rays to reach your skin while SPF 50+ allows only 2%, this can be highly mistaken with values higher than 50+.

This proves that the high SPF value doesn't offer much higher protection against UVA rays. 

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