Myth 1: Sprays are as effective as lotions
While a spray may be convenient, there are many reasons why a sunscreen lotion is not only better for you, but for the environment as well! Sunscreen sprays often apply unevenly to the skin, leaving you and loved ones at a higher risk of burning.
When you use a sunscreen spray, however, you’re not just putting those ingredients on your skin, you’re also inhaling the spray into your lungs.
Myth 2: Sunscreen is waterproof
Many people believe sunscreens are waterproof, but they’re actually water resistant. This means that although the sunscreen protects your skin from harmful rays when in water or sweating, the sun can still penetrate the skin to some degree if sunscreen is not reapplied as directed. Recent FDA rulings have required sunscreen companies to display a water resistant amount of 40 or 80 minutes, so read the label and reapply as needed.
Another common misconception is that water-resistant sunscreen won’t wash off in water, but this is false! Even the best water-resistant sun care products can wash off to a certain extent.
Myth 3: Higher SPF means better protection
It’s a common misconception that the higher your SPF is, the stronger protection you’ll have against the sun’s rays. It’s important to realize, however, that while you could be using SPF 50, if you don’t apply it properly, you will still burn. In fact, the key to good sun protection is to wear a SPF 30+ sunscreen, to cover up the skin as much as possible, and to reapply your sun care products every two to three hours. Wearing items such as hats, sunglasses, and rash-guards is another great way to keep sensitive areas out of the sun. UVA and UVB rays are strongest when the sun is at its peak, usually between 12 to 3 p.m., so it’s best to be extra cautious during these hours.
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