There’s no question that sunscreen is vitally important, not only for healthy skin, but also to protect you from risks related to skin cancer as you age. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of misinformation about sunscreen, and sometimes it’s not used properly to provide the needed protection. So at Kristals skin care includes sunscreen, no matter what the season.
To make sure you get the most out of sunscreen, we spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics to determine the facts and fiction related to the product. Here’s what they chose as the top sunscreen-related myths.
Kristals Skin Care Tips: 4 Myths about Sunscreen Exposed
#1 All Sunscreens Are Created Equal
Many people think just choosing any old sunscreen off the shelf is enough to protect themselves. The reality is that sunscreen needs certain properties to provide adequate protection.
- UVA rays – these age skin cells and can damage their DNA. They cause long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, and are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers.
- UVB rays – these can damage skin cells’ DNA directly and cause sunburns plus most skin cancers.
Also, SPF 30 or higher is a must for adequate protection.
Keep in mind that certain sunscreen ingredients, like avobenzone and oxybenzone, have been found to cause cancer and/or hormonal disruption by the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, so opt for safe, non-toxic sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide instead.
#2 You Don’t Need Sunscreen When It’s Cold Out
Sunscreen often seems like a major need in the hot summer sun, but not so much in the other times of the year. In fact, quite the contrary can be true.
The sun can be just as deadly in the winter as in the summer. And if you live in a very cold and snowy area, the sun can actually reflect off all that white stuff and do double damage — whether it’s cloudy or sunny.
So no matter what the season or the weather, remember to put sunscreen on to prevent everything from burns to cancer to premature signs to aging.
#3 A Little Bit of a Tan Is Okay
Conventional views of beauty have ingrained upon us the notion that a little orange glow is healthy and vital. This can prompt you to forego the sunscreen every once in awhile to get that sun-kissed look.
The stark reality, though, is this is still dangerous and can still cause fine lines and wrinkles, even if you don’t get sunburned.
#4 Sunscreen Alone Provides Adequate Protection
Sunscreen is certainly helpful, but it can’t go it alone. Kristals skin care puts safety first, so if you really want the best protection from the sun, you should pair it up with protective hats, sunglasses and other clothing to provide the ultimate in sun-blocking power.
For clothing that protects you from UV rays, the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) stands for the ratio of sunburn-causing UV without and with the protection of the fabric, similar to SPF ratings for sunscreen.