Sunscreen Myths The Truth Behind Them!

Posted for Sun Tanning On August 29, 2009


Sunscreens are an essential ingredient of any skin care regimen. However, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding their use. Here are some of the most popular myths that I have come across regarding sunscreens.

Myth: People with Dark Skin don\’t need to use Sunscreens!

Fact: False!
Regardless of the complexion, all people need to wear sunscreen because all sorts of complexion can burn under sunlight. People with dark skin have more melanin and therefore don\’t need a higher SPF as light-skinned people. However, the extra melanin contents cannot protect against the damaging UV rays. They are just as prone to sun damage, premature aging and skin cancer as anyone else. People with dark skin need to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

Myth: Sunlight can give you amazing Highlights

Fact: False!
The sun is as bad for your hair as it is for your skin. The highlights that you get on your hair because of sun exposure and are actually signs of sun damage. The hair would become dry and lose all its sheen and luster if exposed to sun for long periods of time. This would further lead to breakage. Therefore, use UV shielding hair care products whenever you venture out in the sun. Try to wear a hat too.

Myth: Tanning can zap zits!

Even though tanning can camouflage the redness of a pimple and make them dry faster, exposure to sunlight would worsen the condition and promote more acne and breakouts. The dead skin cells that clog the skin pores get accumulated on the skin surface. The sun subsequently dehydrates the skin which prompts the oil glands to produce more oil. This would lead to new pimples.

Myth: Anything higher than SPF 30 is not necessary!

Fact: False!
SPF 30 guarantees 96% protection while SPF 50 guarantees 98% protection. The difference is only marginal. That is why people feel that anything higher than SPF 30 is not worth the price and added chemicals

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