3 Myths About Sunscreen
Everyone knows how damaging the sun’s UV rays can be. With so much information out there, a lot of it can get mixed up! Here are a few facts about the importance of sunscreen you might not know about:
“SPF 100 is two times as effective as SPF 50.”
This is a common misconception. The truth is that a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 blocks 98% of UV rays. An SPF 100 sunscreen blocks 99%. That’s only a 1% difference! Unless your skin is extremely light-sensitive, going with a standard SPF 30 sunscreen, which offers protection against 97% of UV rays, will absolutely suffice. Another thing you should keep in mind is that SPF only offers protection from UVB rays, the kind responsible for sunburn. To ensure you and your family are protected from harmful UVA rays as well, opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen.
“I don’t need sunscreen if I’m in the car.”
Wrong! Car windows do block the sun’s UVB rays (the “burning” rays), preventing sunburn from occurring. However, your car’s windows are not able to shield you from UVA rays. These are the rays that penetrate deep down into your skin, weakening and destroying the collagen and increasing your risk of skin cancer. Scary stuff. Luckily, those things can be avoided simply by remembering to apply broad spectrum sunscreen before you leave the house, whether you intend to be outside or behind the wheel.
“There’s no need to wear sunscreen on a cold or cloudy day.”
Simply not true. Though the temperature is rising, causing you to be more aware of the sun’s impact, it’s important to know that sunblock should really be worn all year round. No matter how hot or cold it is outside, the sun’s rays can still be harmful to your skin. In fact, even on a cloudy overcast day, nearly 40% of the sun’s UV rays can still reach the earth. Take advantage of the heat this summer and make daily use of sunscreen a healthy new habit. When the weather does eventually change, you and your family will be prepared.
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