Sun safety is a must. Winter and Summer.
In today's world, there are a lot of sun protection myths (do's and dont's) floating around that keep sun worshipers, both novice and expert alike, marching off to the dermatologist for help.
So, before you throw on that cute little sun dress and head to the beach, lets debunk the Top 7 Sun Protection Myths You Need to Know to Keep You Safe in the Sun. Starting off with number one, my biggest “oh?” to “ohhhhhhhh nooooooo”.
Here we go…..
Sun protection myth number 1: I don’t need any sun protection when driving in the car.
Just check out the picture below of a truck driver with 28 years of sun damage accumulated on the left hand side of his face while driving his truck.
Why is the damage only on the left side you ask? The left side of the face is next to the window as you drive, soaking up the damaging rays.
Growing up in southern California, I never wore sun protection while driving because I felt safe hidden behind the glass of the car windows.
So, if you do a lot of driving, remember to slater on the sun screen. In the need for a good natural sunscreen, please have a look at my top 7 natural sunscreen picks. There you will find my top favorites with a link to the various companies websites for more information..
Sun protection myth number 2: I don’t need to wear sunscreen if I wear tinted BB or CC creams.
Nope. Always wear sun protection under your BB and CC creams plus your foundation if you are going outside into the sun.
Foundations and moisturizers that contain sunscreen are ok if you are staying inside the house or are going outside for very short periods of time. Or, as I like to say, “A quick trip to the grocery store” or “a quick walkies with the puppy” or “a quick coffee run”.
If you are going out for the day make sure to wear you sun protection under your foundation. And bring your sun protection with you and re-apply every few hours. When I go for my 2 hour walks, I bring my sun protection with me and reapply at the hour and ½ mark.
Sun protection myth number 3: I am safe in my home and don’t need to wear sunscreen while I am inside.
UV Light penetrates your house from every window.
I don’t know anyone who has UV protection windows. Sunlight is constantly pouring into your home. On bright days and cloudy days. And even if it is cloudy and dark outside, UV ligt can still get through the thickest of clouds. I have heard as much as 80%
As a test, I wore a UV bracelet that registered the presence of UV light both in my home, car and outside just to see how much UV light was creeping in. The purpler the bracelet got, the higher the presence of UV light. The bracelet got really purple. And the intensity of the color changed depending upon the time of day and the room I was in.
If you are looking for some UV light indicators, Sundicators and UVBuddies are good choices. You can also find more selections on amazon.
The risk of sun damage is still present whether it’s early morning, late afternoon, or pouring rain.
I am not a vampire. I suspect you are not one either. And I am pretty sure most of us don’t want to live like one with the curtains constantly drawn.
Best solution is to always wear sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, bb or cc creams inside your home and reapply every 4 hours (depending upon the spf).
Before we move on to sun protection myth number 4, did you know that by not protecting your skin properly from the sun can lead to damage on the inside of your body — damage to your organs leaving spots and irregularities as well as the visible external damage like lines and wrinkles?
Which leads us to sun protection myth number 4. I only need sun protection on exposed parts of my body such as face, legs and arms.
Nope. Slather all over. Exposed and unexposed.
Being protected means total coverage. If you think that putting on sun protection in your arms, face, and legs is enough, think again. There are other parts of your body that are also affected by UV light like your ears and the top of your feet.
Even a bald head covered up by a hat needs sun protection.
One of my dearest friends (who will remain nameless for the sake of the article) and I were out for a day trip in Florida. He wore a hat to protect his male pattern baldness head. By the end of the day the top of his head was burned to a crisp. The hat he wore offered no sun protection. And the same burning and sun damage can occur to unexposed skin underneath your clothes.
When applying sun protection, remember to cover all exposed and non-exposed body parts to totally avoid sun damage.
Sun protection myth number 5: I only need to apply once.
Nope. Remember to reapply. Sun protection does not last all day.
For some people, perhaps even you, your sun protection ritual is the start of your day. And that’s it. You apply once and you are done.
It is wrong to assume that your sun protection will last you the whole day. Read the label of the product you are using. It usually gives you an idea of how long the sun screen will last. It’s because catching the rays of the sun uses up the protection capabilities of your product. If your product indicates it will last you 4 hours, then after such time, it is wise to reapply.
Sun protection myth number 6: If I put on any sunscreen I am safe to go in the sun for as long as I want.
Nope. Read the label land follow the SPF guidelines.
Sunscreens have an SPF number that gives you an idea of how long the sunscreen will last. Or in other words, how long you can stay in the sun and be safe. So to be precise, the number of hours in a sun protection label is only effective to specific Sun Protection Factor (SPF) also indicated in the label. The simple computation is that SPF 15 allows 1/15 of harmful UV rays to reach the skin and the rest are prevented from penetrating your skin. So the higher the SPF, the more protection you get.
Sun protection myth number 7: I have darker skin and don’t need sunscreen.
Nope. Just because your skin has a deeper color, doesn’t mean you won’t get burned or get sun damage.
Darker skin tones are at lower risk when it comes to skin cancer but not against UV light effects. It doesn’t matter what color of skin you have, you need to get sun protection.
And the same is true with a skin that has a tan, either from natural sources or from a commercial sun-bed. You are still at risk for sun damage.
And there you have it. My Top 7 Sun Protection Myths You Need to Know to Keep You Safe in the Sun.
Enjoy your time in the sun. All 4 seasons. But do so in a mindful manner. Always use sun protection. There are plenty of great sunscreens out there. Good ones and bad ones.
Sun protection is not only a summer essential but it is also one of the best anti-aging tips you need to practice.
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