Sunscreen Myths Debunked

Whether you’re on vacation or just taking your exercise routine outside for the summer, sunscreen is a must—even on a cloudy day. Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays that cause sunburns, premature aging, and even skin cancer. Still, there are many misconceptions surrounding sunscreen that cause improper use, or a lack of use entirely. We’ve shed some light on a few of the most common myths.

Myth: Sunscreen contains harmful chemicals.

Chances are sensational claims that sunscreen contains cancer-causing ingredients have hit your newsfeed. Medical research does not support these claims. According to Skincancer.org, using sunscreen as directed reduces the chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by as much as 73 percent. Bottom line: sunscreen is safe and good for your health.

Myth: My makeup has SPF, so I don’t need to apply additional sunscreen.

The amount of protection that foundation or face lotion provides is not enough to protect your face when you are out in the summer sun for more than a few minutes. You would need to apply 7-14 times the normal amount of makeup to obtain the SPF listed on the label. Protect your face from wrinkles and age spots and still look radiant by using these beauty strategies when applying sunscreen and makeup.

Myth: I don’ need to reapply my sunscreen after swimming because it’s waterproof.

Just because a product is labeled as “water resistant” doesn’t mean it is impervious to water. Water-resistant sunscreens need to be reapplied every 40 minutes (when applied thoroughly and thickly) while swimming or sweating heavily. Very water-resistant sunscreens need to be reapplied every 80 minutes at most.

Myth: Sunscreen only needs to be applied to skin, not hair.

Those beautiful highlights in your hair? They are evidence of damage from UV rays. Protect your hair’s health and prevent it from becoming faded, dry and course by using UV-shielding products like Barex Italiana Sun Essential Oil when you’re out in the sun. It’s also wise to spray a little sunscreen on a deep part, or anywhere your hair is thin, to protect your scalp.

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Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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