The classic sunscreen myths

Sunscreens are a non-negotiable skincare regime yet many of us are unaware of what SPF is and the legit way of its application. Sunscreens only protect your skin from harmful rays and it doesn’t increase your shade. Sunscreens can be applied for all skin types irrespective of your skin colour.

When sunscreens are the safest shield in protecting our skin from harmful UV rays that damage our skin leading to various skin disorders. There are a few myths which we have been carrying around, let’s break them and understand more about sunscreens/ SPF and its importance.

The myths:

  • Applying once in the morning will protect your skin throughout the day.

 Generally, sunscreen lasts only up to 2 to 3 hours only. If you tend to stay in the sun for a longer period it is necessary to reapply every 3 hours and during swimming, you need to reapply every 1 hour.

  • The higher the SPF range, the better the protection

It’s always better to use an SPF with 15 to 30. SPF with more number has a higher concentration of chemicals which might cause side effects. It is advisable to apply sunscreen for every other hour if you’re opting for SPF 15. Also, it is important to choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum to protect from UVA and UVB. Most of the sunscreen does not provide UVA protection. Only when you plan on swimming or any other outdoor activity it’s advisable to use SPF 50.

  • Sunscreens make the skin oily

Sunscreen differs for each one. Some products are absolutely oily or might have preservatives which may cause an allergic reaction. There are really some amazing products which provide clean finish without oiliness. Remember to apply sunscreen 20 – 25 mins before you step out so that your skin absorbs for sunscreens to work.

  • Sunscreens are needed when only we step out

Sunscreens help in protecting your skin from various harmful lights, even the blue rays from laptop/digital screens. Even during the gloomy/rainy season, it is important to apply sunscreen because the radiation from the sun can still penetrate in our skin. 

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