Top 5 Things People Forget To Tell You When Talking About Sun Protection
Yes, it’s that time of year again when we parade through the shops looking for the right sunscreen; factor 20, 30, 50? What do the factors really mean? Will I still tan if I go for a higher factor? Do I need to wear sunscreen on my face if my make-up has an SPF count? So, here are some common myths broken down:
UV rays only penetrate the top layer of the skin
There are two different types of rays that affect the skin when in the sun, UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layer of the skin; these rays are the ones responsible for causing visible skin damage and can even be cancer inducing. UVA rays however penetrate the skin much deeper; they can cause DNA damage, change in pigmentation and premature ageing.
You don’t need to put on sunscreen if you stay in the shade
Whilst sitting in the shade can greatly reduce your exposure to UVA and UVB rays, it doesn’t reduce the risk completely. In fact, parasols only protect you from 70% of rays so slap on some sunscreen to avoid burning. It is even advised to put sunscreen on in the shade or somewhere that isn’t exposed to direct sunlight as applying in direct sunlight increases evaporation. You can lose up to 60% of the protection just through applying in the wrong place. In addition to this, most sunscreens need at least 20 minutes of “soak” time before they begin to work so don’t rush to the pool just yet
There’s SPF in my make-up, I’ll be fine
Having a two-in-one foundation may seem ideal but the problem is a dab of foundation never equals the amount of sunscreen that should be used on your face. No one could possibly wear enough make-up to get the amount of SPF you need on your face for the day.
If I wear 60 SPF then I’ll have double the protection of a bottle of 30 SPF
The common misconception is that shelling out the big money on the higher SPF is the best way to protect yourself from burning when in actual fact, 30 SPF will usually do the job. An SPF of 60 compared to one of 30 does not offer double the protection and neither does it last twice as long. When applied in appropriate amounts an SPF of 30 will block out about 96% of UVB rays. When you go up to 60, the percentage increases by about 2%. There is absolutely no way to ensure you are covered 100%. Either way, you should make sure to top up your sunscreen throughout the day as even those that claim to last all day definitely don’t.
Once I’ve applied my sunscreen that’s it, my skin is protected
One commonly unknown fact is that perfume can actually compromise your sun protection. Ever wondered why some people are seen with speckled patches on their skin that look like freckles? This could be due to spraying perfume on the skin. Top tip: try avoiding this by using a hair perfume instead.
Whether you’re swanning away in the French Riviera or spending your day with a jug of Pimms in the garden, always always always remember to apply sunscreen throughout the day to stay healthy whilst maintaining that summer glow.
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