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7 MORE Very Common Myths About Sunscreen

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we've got another follow-up post in store for you to help keep you and yours safe in the sun.

It's crucial to separate fact from fiction when it comes to protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

So in this post, we'll debunk 7 more very common misconceptions about sunscreen to ensure you have the knowledge you need to make the best decisions about your sun protection. 

From the effectiveness of different sunscreen brands to the relationship between sunscreen and vitamin D, let's dive deep into these myths to promote sun safety and skin health. 

Want to check out our original post? Read it here: 7 Common Myths About Sunscreen >

Myth #1: Expensive sunscreens are always better than cheaper ones.

The Truth: The effectiveness of sunscreen isn't just determined by the price tag.

Both expensive and affordable sunscreens can offer excellent sun protection when they meet certain criteria.

The most important factors to consider when choosing a sunscreen are its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and whether it provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Look for sunscreens labeled as "broad-spectrum" with an SPF of at least 30.

Expensive brands may offer luxurious textures or additional skincare benefits, but cost alone simply doesn't guarantee better protection. 

Myth #2: Sunscreen is only really for the face and arms.


The Truth: Your entire body needs sun protection!

While many people focus on applying sunscreen to their face and arms, other areas like your ears, neck, hands, and feet are often neglected.

These areas are just as vulnerable to UV damage and shouldn't be overlooked.

When applying sunscreen, make sure to cover all exposed areas of your body for comprehensive protection.

Every inch of unprotected skin increases your risk of sunburn and skin cancer.

Myth #3: You don't need sunscreen if your makeup has SPF.

The Truth: While SPF makeup is a good method of sun protection, it may not provide sufficient coverage all on its own.

Many people don't apply enough makeup to achieve the stated SPF level, leaving their skin vulnerable to UV damage.

To ensure you have enough sun protection, apply a separate sunscreen underneath your foundation. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and allow it to fully absorb into your skin before applying makeup.

This two-step approach will help shield your skin from the sun's harmful rays throughout the day.


Myth #4: Sunscreen prevents you from getting enough vitamin D.


The Truth: Sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from harmful UV radiation, but it does not fully block vitamin D synthesis.

While sunscreen can reduce vitamin D production in the skin, you can still obtain all the vitamin D you need through dietary sources and incidental sun exposure.

The body only needs a few minutes of sun exposure on a small area of skin (like your arms or legs) to produce vitamin D, which can be achieved even with sunscreen applied to other areas of the body.

Myth #5: Sunscreen is not needed during winter months.

The Truth: UV rays are present year-round and can reflect off snow, increasing exposure.

Contrary to popular belief, sunscreen is not just a summer essential. UV radiation is present throughout the year, even on cloudy or snowy days.

In fact, snow can reflect up to 80% of UV rays, leading to increased UV exposure during winter activities like skiing or snowboarding.

To protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging, incorporate sunscreen into your daily winter skincare routine.

Opt for a moisturizing sunscreen to combat dry winter skin while shielding against UV radiation.

Myth #6: Sunscreen is not needed if you have a base tan.

The Truth: A tan is a sign of skin damage, not protection. While a base tan may offer minimal additional protection equivalent to SPF 3 or less, it does not provide sufficient protection against UV radiation.

Continued exposure to UV rays, whether from the sun or tanning beds, increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates skin aging.

Always use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, regardless of your skin's tan status.

Myth #7: Sunscreen can cause acne.

The Truth: There are many sunscreen options designed specifically for acne-prone skin that won't exacerbate breakouts. Look for non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) sunscreens that are oil-free and suitable for acne-prone skin. 

These sunscreens provide essential UV protection without clogging pores or causing acne flare-ups.

Don't let acne be a barrier to sun protection—find a sunscreen that works for your skin type and use it consistently.

Essential Tips for Sun Safety


Now that we've shed light on these common misconceptions, remember that sunscreen is your skin's best friend year-round.

Whether you're hitting the beach or heading to the park, make sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your daily routine.

Let's keep our skin safe and healthy this Skin Cancer Awareness Month and beyond!


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