5 Sunscreen Myths that need to be left behind in 2020
Sunscreen usually becomes a buzzword as soon as the cold winds start retreating and we are open to embrace the summer sun. But should SPF only be a concern for the summer?
Well, turns out a day at the beach is not the only occasion to remember sunscreen. Be it rain or shine, the sun rays are always reaching us, even indoors! Be it the harmful impact of UV rays on our health or ageing caused due to sunlight, sunscreen is a crucial step in achieving healthy skin.
So, here are 5 popular sunscreen myths that will make you rethink all you know about sun protection.
1. “Sunscreen is only for outdoors”
While the UVB rays of the sun do not reach us when sitting at home, UVA rays penetrate through glass windows. For most of us, it is close to impossible to block out all the sunlight at home. Curtains, like clothes are only a thin layer of protection and can still give way to UVA rays inside your cozy rooms.
When indoors, apply sunscreen on all exposed areas of your skin.
2. “Sunscreen of any SPF works all the same”
Many people seem to have the opinion that sunscreens of all SPFs are equally effective. But it is crucial for you to use a broad-spectrum Sunscreen or one that is SPF 50 or above for a total and complete protection from the harmful UV rays.
SPF or Sun Protection Factor is a classification that tells you how strong your sunscreen is against the sun. Therefore, a sunscreen with SPF 50 or above is the best.
A Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you from the largest range of UV rays and keeps you the safest. It is the most upgraded shield you could have against the stubborn Sun rays.
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3. “Sunscreen is only for Sunny days”
This is probably the most popular myth amongst all. A common misconception that sunscreen is only for sunny days.
To put it simply, the sun comes out on all days, no matter what the weather is. Even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays can pass through the clouds. Therefore, the damaging UV rays can still reach you during those days and harm your unprotected skin.
Wear your sunscreen every day.
4. “Sunscreen is only for Summers”
Sunscreen is not meant for sunny days; it is meant for whenever the sun is out. Which is every day.
Interestingly, sand only reflects the sun rays by about 25% while snow on the other hand reflects a whopping 80% of the sun rays. Sunscreen protects you from wrinkles and skin cancer and ensures a healthier and youthful skin.
Always wear your sunscreen, don’t discriminate, because the sun doesn’t.
5. “Makeup can protect my skin just like sunscreen”
Makeup does not work like a sunscreen. It is imperative that you use sunscreen regularly and not replace it with makeup since make up products are not made to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.
Makeup like clothes, is only an additional layer of protection over your sunscreen and should never be turned into the only layer of protection. Since makeup might not let your skin absorb the sunscreen, always apply your sunscreen before your make up.
Research shows that consistent use of sunscreen reduces the risk of skin cancer by 40%. Sun rays tend to darken scars and are especially worse for acne. Sunscreen helps in reducing the chances of acne scarring and prevents them from getting darker.
Every dermatologist recommends a regular and liberal use of a broad spectrum sunscreen or one with SPF 50 or above to keep your skin safe from premature ageing, sunburns and skin cancer.
So ditch those old views on sunscreen and get ready to ‘Face The Sun’, with confidence!