Sunscreen Myths Uncovered
1. You donít need a sunscreen during monsoon and winters
UV rays donít stop existing in the monsoons and winters. If science is any proof, they are way more damaging during this time.
2. Double the SPF means twice the protection, so I should wear SPF 75 or SPF 100.
The SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on. Simply said, if you wear an SPF 20 sunscreen, your skin is roughly protected for 200 minutes. We recommend wearing SPF 30-50 and not more since those products would have many more chemicals
3. If I use Sunscreen, I donít need a moisturizer underneath
Sunscreens donít moisturize the skin. Moisturizers do. And letís not underestimate the power of moisturization as moisturizers give us the hydration that our skin needs to look healthy and sunscreens donít do that.
4. I donít need a sunscreen if Iím wearing a BB cream/ foundation with SPF
Your skin needs 7 times more protection than your make up can provide. Clearly your ďlightĒ BB cream isnít equipped enough.
5. Applying sunscreen just a minute before stepping out is fine.
Your everyday sunscreen needs fifteen minutes at least, to soak into your skin.
6. My skin is naturally dark so I donít need to wear sunscreen.
People of all skin types get skin cancer. Thatís why skimping on sun protection can cost you, no matter what your skin tone is.
7. I donít need to reapply sunscreen all day if Iím not out in the sun
Even the tube light that brightens your home, emits harmful rays. Applying sun-block at all times is a must!
8. My sunscreen should have UVA or UVB filters for effective protection
Both types of rays are attributed to causing different skin cancers. UVB penetrates into the outer layer of the skin and damages the cells resulting in inflamed or sunburnt skin. UVA rays penetrate more deeply causing direct damage to supporting tissues. Hence your sunscreen must protect your skin from both.
9. The more the layers of sunscreen, the more the sun protection
If youíre layering an SPF 30 sunscreen, with another layer of SPF 30 sunscreen, it still gives you the protection of SPF 30, not SPF 60.
10. Sunscreens are carcinogenic
Sunscreens remain on the surface of the skin, without penetrating into living skin cells, thus killing the likelihood of sunscreens being carcinogenic.