Sunscreen Myths Debunked!

With temperatures rising, we all want to enjoy the beautiful weather. Stay safe with these sunscreen truths!

MYTH: SUNSCREEN DOES NOT REDUCE THE RISK OF SKIN CANCER.

Regular daily use of sunscreen with SPF 15 and over, can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by approx 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by approx 50 percent (skincancer.org). 

MYTH: WATERPROOF SUNSCREEN DOESN'T NEED TO BE REAPPLIED.

Some sunscreens may be water-resistant, but this does not mean they are water-proof. If you go swimming you need to reapply straight after and again every 2 hours.

MYTH: THE NUMBER OF SPF DOES NOT AFFECT THE PROTECTION.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF number tells you how long the sun’s UVB rays would take to burn your skin if you apply the sunscreen exactly as directed compared to the amount of time in the sun without SPF. If it would take you 30 minutes to burn without sunscreen and you apply an SPF 30, it will take 30 times longer to burn! 

MYTH: IF I APPLY SPF TWICE, IT MAKES IT TWICE AS PROTECTIVE.

A double layer of SPF 15 does not give the same protection as SPF 30 so mixing SPFs together does not increase the SPF level in anyway. If you apply different SPF's you will be protected by the highest number of SPF you applied.  

MYTH: YOU ONLY NEED SUNSCREEN WHEN IT'S SUNNY.

Depending on the cloud type, approx 80% of the sun's UV rays can pass through the clouds and this is a huge cause of sunburns. So please, protect your skin all day, every day!

MYTH: YOU ONLY NEED TO REPLACE SUNSCREEN WHEN IT RUNS OUT. 

Some Sunscreens include an expiration date indicating when they are no longer effective but it is not a requirement. If you have a bottle of sunscreen without an expiration date, or if your sunscreen appears watery or spoiled, you should replace it ASAP instead of taking a chance. 
 

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