Screen Test (Seven Common Myths About Sunscreen Debunked)

UVA…UVB…SPF…

Confused about sunscreen? Summer is here, time to set the record straight.

Here’s why: Being out doors without proper protection from the ultraviolet light increases your risk for a sunburn, wrinkles, and skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year, and the American Cancer Society projects 76,250 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year.

Two types of ultraviolet light affects the skin: UVB, which mainly causes sunburn…and UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply and can lead to wrinkles. Both UVA and UVB can cause skin cancer. Despite the dangers, myths about sunscreen and how it protects your skin persist. Here are four of the most common myths:

  1. I can skip it: Sunscreen is not just for sun worshippers. “if you’re going to be outdoors, you should always wear sunscreen, even when it is cloudy outside. You can still get sunburn through cloud cover” Think your naturally dark skin doesn’t need sunscreen? Think again, “People with darker skin are definitely less likely to burn, but they still a burn and should wear some form of sunscreen that protects from UVA and UVB.
  2. All sunscreens are the same:Not so! Sunscreens protective effects differ. While some use physical barriers such as zink oxide and titanium dioxide to deflect UV radiation and stop it from reaching the skin, others use chemicals such as avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone to absorb radiation. So which product offers the best protection? Look for a sunscreen protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and provides “broad-spectrum” coverage against both UVA and UVB
  3. A little sunscreen will get me through the day:The opposite is true. You will need to reapply every 2 hours or so, because sunscreen fades away with time. Dont be stingy “To cover your whole body you would have to fill a shot glass. If you’re swimming or sweating, You may need to reapply more often. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) doesn’t allow sunscreen makers to claim products are waterproof or sweatproof but the can say water-resistant. If the label specifies a time range, generally either 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating.
  4. Last years bottle is still ok:“You should use enough so that you’re not using the same bottle year after year. If you’re doing it right, you’re not going to have left overs next year. Check the expiration date some sunscreens break down very quickly, especially those that protect against UVA so it shouldn’t sit in your bathroom cabinet for too long.
  5. The SPF in my makeup is enough: Many women may rely on sunscreen in their makeup. But you might need more than that. If you use foundation, a few spots of sunscreen on your face isn’t going to be enough out in the sun. You should wear at least an SPF of 30. The easiest approach is to use a facial moisturizer that already has sunscreen in it.” It’s not bad to have sunscreen in your makeup, but consider it an extra layer, not your main safeguard.
  6.  I put sunscreen on my face, arms, leg, back, and neck — so I’m set: Not so fast. You may have overlooked some key areas. The ears and the back of the neck are commonly neglected You can actually get sunburn on your scalp, so wearing a hat is a good way to get shade on your face and that will give you good face protection. Don’t forget about your lips. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30.
  7. Lotions, sprays, or stick sunscreens work differently:There are no real major differences; these are just vehicles for the sunscreen and it depends on what the consumer likes. Men often do better with alcohol-based sprays because they don’t like greasy products. Women often do better with lotions and creamier products because they like the moisturizer effect. There are many different sunscreen products to choose from. What’s most important is compliance — if you like the product, you’re more likely to use it. Whatever kind of sunscreen you choose, put it on dry skin 15-30 minutes before you go outside, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Information Provided By: WEBMD MAG

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