The season when almost everyone is spending most of their time outdoors is almost here! The smell and feel of summer is getting closer and fun in the surf and sand is what most of us have in our minds. As the days of summer get closer you would notice many people are buying their bottle of sunscreen lotion. It is good news that many are thinking about protecting their skin from the summer sun but by now people should note that sunscreen lotion is not exclusive to the summer season. In fact you should wear sun protection lotion everyday.
If you still believe the myth “sunscreen lotions are only essential during the summer season” you probably don’t know much about properly protecting your skin from the sun. Don’t feel too bad as there are still lots of people who still believe numerous sun protection myths. We will bust three myths for you!
Busting Popular Sun Protection Myths
- People with dark skin tones can do away without sunscreen lotion. This is absolutely a myth! Melanin is responsible for the colour of the skin and it. If you have a darker skin tone, it only means that you have more melanin in your skin. Having darker skin tone is not equivalent from having a built in protection agains the harmful UV rays of the sun. Prolonged and unprotected exposure to the sun can lead to skin diseases one of which being the most serious of them all is skin cancer no matter what your race or ethnicity may be.
- Staying under the sun will help clear up acne faster. This is yet another myth that many people are still practicing up to this time. There are times when being under the sun would help dry the excessive oil on the face and that tanning effect of the sun can camouflage the discoloration brought about by acne but doing this comes with serious negative consequences such as getting wrinkles or worse getting skin cancer. If you want to clear up your acne, the ideal option is to use an anti-acne medication or treatment.
- Using a sunscreen lotion with a very high SPF means you get protection the whole day. Absolutely yet another myth worth throwing out the window. Sun Protection Factor or SPF is a formula based on the calculation of how well the sunscreen lotion can protect the skin against the UVa and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for wrinkles and fine lines while UVB rays are responsible for causing skin cancer. Whether you are using SPF 15 or SPF 50 sunscreen lotion you would need to reapply after every 2 hours or even more frequently if you would be getting wet or perspiring a lot. Even if the label says water resistant, do reapply as water resistant is not synonymous to lasting throughout the entire day.
To protect your skin from the harsh effects of the sun, wear sunscreen protection everyday no matter what the season is. You should also include the Moroccan Argan oil on your daily skin care regimen as this oil has Vitamin E, Ferulic acid and Polyohenols which help fight the effects of UV rays and free radicals on the skin.