Since July is UV Safety Month, now is a great time to separate fact from fiction about sun protection. We might think we know everything about defending our skin against the sun's damaging rays, but let's put that knowledge to the test with a little game fact or fiction!
Sunscreens with SPF 100 are twice as strong as those with SPF 50: Fiction
There are two important things to remember about current SPF ratings. SPF refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which is the burning ray. But it is not a measure for UVA rays, which are more closely linked to deep UV damage. Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer. Only a broad spectrum sunscreen will protect you from both.
It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good as an SPF of 15 and so on. But that is not how it works. The SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take you to burn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on. For example; if you normally would burn after 15 minutes in the sun without protection, an SPF 30 will give 30 more minutes, a 50 will give you 50 more minutes, and so on. The key to not getting burned is to re-apply a minimum of every 60-80 minutes. After sweating or swimming; dry your skin first before re-applying.
Apply sunscreen all over your body before getting dressed: Fact
It might sound strange to grease up before getting dressed, but most clothing - especially the more lightweight fashions of summer - do not protect your entire body from the sun's damaging rays. In fact, your average white T-shirt only has an SPF value of about 7, and if it gets wet, it's even lower, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. So, it's important to apply sunscreen all over your body - even where the sun don't shine - before getting dressed for the day!
If you get a base tan, you won't burn: Fiction
Any sign of color or discoloration to the natural color of your skin is actually not a good thing. The more sun you get - even if you don't burn - the greater your chances of developing melanoma. Getting a base tan doesn't even ensure that you won't soon burn. But, if you're looking for that bronzed look for summer, a spray tan or a self-tanning lotion is your healthiest choice. Book your spray tan with us today!
Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply every 2 hours: Fact
Yes. This age-old rule is remains true. You want to give the sunscreen time to fully absorb into your skin before going outside. This includes before getting into your car as well because your car windows - even if they are tinted - don't protect you from the sun's rays. When you are out and about, you really can't over-apply sunscreen, but the general rule is still every two hours. Most water-resistant sunscreens, however, should be re-applied every 80 minutes. When in doubt - reapply and follow the bottle's instructions.
One sunscreen does it all: Fiction
There are different types of sunscreens for the different types of skin on your body, such as sensitive formulas for your face, a more balmy consistency for your lips, and waterproof for your body. There are also water-resistant and sports formulas if you plan to head into the beach or pool or get sweaty for a work-out. It's a great idea to stock up on a variety of sunscreens for you and your family's needs. And, don't forget to apply it everywhere- from your earlobes to your toes!
Getting a tan can zap your zits away: Fiction
People think that the sun dries up zits, but really it can cause a buildup of dead skin cells that can clog pores more. The best way to treat zits is to treat your skin better by coming in for regular facials and using exfoliating and deep cleansing products at home. Book your facial today and ask our aesthetician for skin care products for your at-home use.
Come visit our retail area to stock up on your summer sunscreen needs today! And, don't forget, if you did get too much sun, a cooling facial is a great after-sun treatment. Book your summer skin care treatments today!