Sunscreen: 5 SPF Myths Debunked! – MSM Box

Sunscreen: 5 SPF Myths Debunked!

Posted on May 02 2017

The MSM myth busters are here to give you a reality check about sunscreen do's and don'ts.

Myth 1: A dose of SPF is not necessary on a cloudy day or during the winters.

Reality Check:

The season or the weather is a negligible factor when it comes to wearing a sunscreen. Nothing can stop you from being exposed harmful UVA rays if you spend your day outside. Therefore, make sure to add a dose of SPF in your everyday skincare routine to prevent any skin damage.

Myth 2: As soon as you apply your sunscreen, you can step out in the sun.

Reality Check:

The SPF in your sunscreen needs at least 10-15 minutes to get activated. Therefore, consider applying your sunscreen accordingly, so as to make optimum use of your sunscreen.

Myth 3: The SPF in your makeup will protect your skin.

Reality Check:

Trust us ladies, it does not matter how much SPF your makeup has. The primary work of sunscreen is creating a wall between your skin and the UV rays of the sun. No matter how much makeup you may apply on our face, it is a thin layer at best and will not protect you to the extent that a regular sunscreen will.

Myth 4: An SPF 50 is better than SPF 30.

Reality Check:

This is not necessarily true. SPF ratings can be difficult to understand. The numbers make consumers think that a product with SPF 30 is twice as beneficial as one with SPF 15. In reality, an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. Higher SPF sunscreens may however protect better against long-term skin damage and exposure-related skin cancers.

Myth 5: SPF alone is enough to protect your skin from all UV rays.

Reality Check:

Your sunscreen is not a magic potion given to you by your fairy Godmother. Don't get lulled into a false sense of security just because you are wearing sun screen with a high SPF rating. SPF protection is measured only against UVB rays. So unless your sunscreen clearly mentions Broad Spectrum, chances are you are still vulnerable to UVA radiation. Be smart outdoors - consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat and/or  sun glasses to protect your delicate eye area. Avoid exposure to the sun at peak hours (between 10 am and 4 pm) 


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