Sunscreen Myths Exposed – 6 Sun Protection Facts You Need to Know
Sunscreen, SPF, broad spectrum protection, not a day goes by when the importance of protecting our skin from the sun’s damaging rays doesn’t come up somewhere. It can be really confusing to figure out just what is what these days. And the rules seem to change as time goes by. So, what’s up with sunscreen?
We hear a lot about the importance of wearing sunscreen. It’s been drilled into our heads that without it we can burn our skin, experience the signs of premature aging and, of course, place ourselves at risk of getting skin cancer. There isn’t a dermatologist, beauty magazine or skin care TV commercial these days that doesn’t tout the importance of wearing sunscreen or other protective products. And SPF products seem to come in all forms, from clothing to cosmetics. But everything we read isn’t necessarily the truth. Let’s break down some common sunscreen myths and get the facts straight once and for all.
Sunscreen myth #1: People with dark skin don’t need to use sunscreen.
No matter how dark or light skinned you are, sunscreen is important. Everyone’s skin has the potential to burn, the potential to prematurely age and the potential to develop skin cancer when left unprotected. Don’t believe for a second that if you have dark skin you can skip the sunscreen. Everyone, regardless of their skin color should wear sunscreen on a regular basis.
Sunscreen myth #2: There’s no need to apply sunscreen if it’s in my makeup.
I used to get very excited at the idea of having my sunscreen needs covered by my makeup. Talk about being lulled into a false sense of security. Unfortunately, what I learned was the opposite. Foundations, blush, bronzing powders, all seem to contain SPF these days, but it isn’t enough. Makeup with SPF is usually applied unevenly. Think about the quick dusting of blush, or little dab of foundation we often apply. It’s simply not enough coverage to offer appropriate protection. So, while it is a nice added benefit for those areas that do get ample coverage, it’s most important to double up on our protection and use a sunscreen as well. Opt for the Herbalife SKIN™ Protective Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen. Not only does this provide SPF 30 protection, it doubles the skin’s moisture over eight hours while helping to reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles.* You’ll get added moisture and protection in one easy step.
Sunscreen myth #3: If your sunscreen says it is waterproof, you don’t need to reapply.
The FDA guidelines for sunscreens have become more stringent over time. And, the newest regulations prohibit companies from using the term “waterproof” on their sunscreen products. The appropriate labeling is “water resistant.” With the term “water resistant,” companies must now designate whether the product is protective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. You must reapply at least every two hours, and even more frequently if you are swimming or sweating. It’s easy to forget about reapplication when you are having fun at the beach or pool. Keep your sunscreen in a visible place so it doesn’t go unnoticed. If you just can’t seem to make it happen, put a reminder on your phone or other mobile device to remind yourself. If you are like me, the sunscreen may be tucked away in my beach bag but my phone is never far from sight!
Sunscreen myth #4: Sunscreens are only meant for certain areas of the body, not everywhere.
If you have skin that’s exposed, it needs sunscreen. This includes your feet, ears, back, arms, legs and neck. If it’s an exposed body part, it needs protection. I’m always most concerned about my face because I want to keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay. But, after close inspection of my body, I had a very rude awakening. My shoulders have many dark spots on them as does my cleavage area. Even my legs are riddled with sun damage due to my youthful sunscreen neglect in pursuit of the perfect tan. I have become obsessive about the backs of my hands and now keep sunscreen in the cup holder in my car. If it can be seen, it needs sunscreen!
Sunscreen myth #5: Sunscreens made for adults are not as protective as those made for children.
Sunscreens contain the same active sunscreen ingredients whether they are for kids or adults. If you are looking at two products with the same sun protection factor, whether for kids or adults, the protection is comparable. There are different types of formulations, however, and many sunscreens made for children focus on gentler formulas developed for more sensitive skin. They can be fragrance-free, chemical-free, paraben-free and more. And many products for kids are tear-free to avoid any stinging of the eyes.
Sunscreen myth #6: That bottle from last year is OK to use this year.
If you have a leftover bottle of sunscreen from the year before, do yourself a favor and throw it away. First and foremost, if you’re using sunscreen every day, you won’t ever have leftover product. A good rule of thumb is to not treat your sunscreen as a seasonal product but realize its importance year-round. Always check the expiration dates on your bottles. The dates can be found on the label itself or embossed into the crimped edge of a tube. Nothing lasts forever and sunscreens will lose their effectiveness over time. Pay attention to expiration dates and make sure your slathering on something that will actually protect your skin.
With all of the information readily available, it’s a no-brainer when it comes to understanding the importance of using sunscreen. Be sure to start every day by using the Herbalife SKIN™ Protective Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen as part of your daily skin care regimen. Use it every day, even when it’s cloudy outside, and if you are still a nonbeliever when it comes to sunscreen, I have a dare for you. I want you to stand in front of a mirror and drop your pants! Yes, drop your pants! Take a close look at your derriere. Unless you sunbathe in the nude on a regular basis you will definitely see how white, wrinkle-free and sunspot-free your tush is. It’s the perfect before-and-after for sun exposure right on your own body.
Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is the director of worldwide Outer Nutrition product training at Herbalife.
*Tested on subjects, measuring skin moisture levels at eight-hour intervals. Skin of 100% of subjects showed double the moisture levels over baseline after eight hours.