5 Sunscreen Myths

May 29, 2021

5 Sunscreen Myths

Top 5 Sunscreen Myths Debunked


Spring is in full force, which means spring dresses, sandals, shorts, posies in bloom, and of course, more sunshine. And with more sun comes the need for safe skin practices and we have you covered when it comes to all things skin, including debunking some sunscreen myths!


The sad truth when it comes to safe sun and skin practices, especially surrounding sunscreens, there is a lot of misconceptions, confusion, and so many myths. And considering sunscreen is one of the best defenses against premature aging, skin cancer, and dangerous UV exposure, we wanted to debunk some of the top sunscreen myths! 


Myth 1: You Need Sun Exposure To Help Maintain Your Vitamin D Levels

While this really isn't a sunscreen myth, it affects the skin, which is why we are bringing this up first. Especially now with the warmer weather, the first place people are heading is for the outdoors after being cooped up all winter to boost their vitamin D levels from sun exposure. 


Truth:  The risks of skin cancer and sun damage (a tan is the skin's visible response to sun damage) vastly outweigh the benefits of getting Vitamin D from the sun. You see, the body makes its own vitamin D, but there are times that your vitamin D levels drop. So if you have low levels of vitamin D, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends taking a vitamin D supplement and eating nourishing foods to maintain Vitamin D levels.


Myth 2: The Higher The SPF, The Better Protection

Unfortunately, higher-rated SPF products can give consumers a false sense of security as many will think that the higher the SPF, the higher the sun protection factor and spend more time in the sun.


Truth: The FDA has found that high SPF sunscreens may overexpose consumers to UVA rays and raise their risk of cancer because higher SPF doesn't guarantee the sunscreen protects them from over sun exposure. For example, many think SPF 30 is twice as effective as SPF 15; that is not the case. You do need to be wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, once SPF goes over 30, the increase in protection is negligible.


Myth 3: I Only Need To Wear Sunscreen On A Sunny Day

Many think that if it is a cloudy day, the clouds block the harmful rays and do not need to apply sunscreen.


Truth: Even with clouds, the sun is emitting UV rays, so you need to protect your skin. The fact of the matter is you should be wearing sunscreen every day, even in the winter.


Myth 4: The SPF 15 In My Makeup Is Enough

This would be nice as the fewer products we put on our skin, the better, but sorry, a foundation with an SPF of 15 will not cut it. To protect the skin, you should apply a product with at least SPF 30, and most makeup does not contain enough SPF. And sorry, SPF is not an equation, so for those who think combining a foundation with a 15 SPF with an SPF 15 primer equals a 30 SPF coverage. You're sadly mistaken.


Truth: Photo-aging is the leading cause of deep wrinkles, loose and sagging skin. So not only do you need to be wearing an SPF with your makeup, but you also need to be wearing an antioxidant-rich moisturizer, like our oil-free gel moisturizer. We understand that it can be tricky to find a moisturizer that you can comfortably wear with makeup, which is why this oil-free, ultra-light formula is an excellent choice for hydrating the skin without clogging pores.


Myth 5: Darker Skin Tones Don't Need To Use Sunscreen

Many think that darker skin tones do not need to wear sunscreen as you have a natural SPF. 


Truth:  UV rays negatively affect all skin, no matter the color. Hence, having darker skin does not make one immune to sun damage and premature aging. Your melanin alone won't cut it.


Sunscreen Suggestions

The best sunscreen is the one that you'll wear every single day. The key is to find a safe product formulated without things like parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and mineral oil, like Tula's Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This sunscreen provides daily SPF 30 plus protection from the damaging effects of pollution and blue light—a must-have for indoors and outdoors. It's not just sunscreen—it's skincare, which is why I love this product. 


Another product I like is Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47. This is another chemical-free facial sunscreen. It also includes natural, skin-loving ingredients like 100% pure argan oil, jojoba oil, and green tea that boost sun protection! 


In conclusion, it is essential to remember that sunscreens are not the only way you should be protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays! Other protections from sun exposure include: Wearing protective clothing, like sunglasses and brimmed hats, refrain from going out in the sun when the rays are the strongest. (10 Am -3 Pm) and finally, seek shade, not sun. Whenever possible, sit under an umbrella, or walk on the shady side of the street!