Summer is right around the corner!! Let’s talk about the sun. How much do you really know about protecting your skin from the sun? Here are 3 myths about sun protection.
First off, I’m not sure that we even really had a spring here in Southeastern Wisconsin. We’ve spent the past few days in the 90’s. Hot and humid in May. I won’t complain after a long, cold winter of wishing for warmer weather, but I’m not gonna lie, I do love temps in the 70’s. How much do you really know about sun protection?
3 Myths About Sun Protection
MYTH #1 You only need sun protection from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It’s true that UVB rays, the ones that cause burns, are more prevalent from 10 am – 4pm each day.
But, UVA rays are equally present from dawn to dusk. These rays cause skin aging and skin cancer. They even penetrate through glass. That means you need to protect your skin even when driving in your car.
FACT: You should apply broad spectrum sun protection every morning. Not just during the summer months, but 365 days a year no matter if it’s sunny or cloudy.
MYTH #2 You should use the highest SPF you can find.
SPF measures the amount of time you can be in direct sunlight before getting a sunburn from UVB rays. With NO protection, you start to burn at 10 minutes.
SPF 30 gives you 300 minutes of protection, assuming you aren’t sweating or getting wet and toweling off. Higher SPF protection often creates a false sense of security. People who use higher SPF think they can stay out in the sun longer. They might not reapply and may think they don’t need the added protection of shade or a hat. They can end up getting more UV damage.
FACT: Dermatologists recommend using an SPF 30 or SPF 15 and reapplying regularly for the best sunburn protection and safety.
It’s important to apply sun protection frequently. You also want to be sure you apply enough. For the average person, one ounce (2 Tbsp) is a good amount. Most people don’t apply enough. You must reapply if you sweat or get wet. Don’t forget to apply to your hands, ears, and even between your toes.
MYTH #3 Chemical sunscreens are better than mineral sunscreens.
Oxybenzone, a common active ingredient in chemical sunscreens, has been linked to hormonal disruption and has been found in mothers’ breastmilk.
If you’re using a spray-on chemical sunscreen, the damage can be even worse because there’s no way to avoid inhaling the chemicals in the spray. Also much of what you spray is going into the air rather than protecting you.
Did you know that Hawaii has recently banned the use of chemical sunscreens? Turns out the chemicals in these sunscreens are harmful to the marine ecosystem and are harmful to coral reefs. Thngs that make you go hmmmm…..
FACT: Mineral sunscreens do not penetrate the skin or allow toxins into your body. Here’s a BONUS; they are effective as soon as you apply them!
For many, a lifestyle change is in order when it comes to sun protection. It’s important to wear broad spectrum sunscreen year round. In more direct sunlight, wear a hat to protect your scalp and sunglasses to protect your eyes. Take the appropriate measures to prevent skin cancer and early skin aging.
Check out EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens. At Willing Beauty, we’ve got your face covered with our Face the Day SPF 30 Tinted Protection for teens and young adults or our Get Set SPF 30 Tinted Primer that has the added benefit of our HY+5 complex.