Sun Protection Myths: Part 2

Let’s explore the truth about sun damage.

Last month, we debunked some common myths about sun protection to bring you the truth about sun damage prevention and treatment.
As we head into early autumn, sun protection may not be at the forefront of our minds like it is in the summer months, but it’s just as important to protect your skin in the fall! 

Here are four more common sun protection myths. Knowing the truth will help you protect and renew your skin this fall.

Myth 4

Sunscreen is only for sunny days.

Perhaps a sunnier day will have a higher UV index and make you more prone to burning or severe sun damage–but the damage you accumulate on cloudy days adds up too. Just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean that your skin isn’t being damaged. It can be even more dangerous to tan on a cloudy day, because infrared rays are blocked by the clouds and your skin won’t feel hot as it burns. The best solution? Make sunscreen an essential step in your morning routine.

Myth 5

I only need to wear sunscreen when I get older.

A huge percentage of sun damage occurs before you reach the age of 30, so it’s incredibly important to start good skincare and protection habits early. Are you more mature and wondering if it’s worthwhile to start now? Think of sun damage like the damage you do to your lungs if you smoke; it’s never too late to start doing some important damage control and prevention, and every little bit helps.

Myth 6

My skin can’t be damaged while I’m indoors.

We’ve likely all spent more time than usual in front of screens over the last few months, but spending time indoors doesn’t mean your skin isn’t vulnerable to damage. You may feel safe from UV exposure in your home or in your car–but any dermatologist will tell you that people later in life often have more sun damage on the left side of their body. This is attributed to harmful UVA rays that sneak in through the car window as you drive. You’ll also want to be conscious of the light emanating from your computer, TV, or phone screen. Blue light has been shown to decrease collagen and increase free radicals, making it an additional threat to healthy, gorgeous skin. Choose a sunscreen with physical protectors like zinc or titanium dioxide to protect your skin from all forms of damage, indoors and out.

Myth 7

If my makeup has SPF in it, I’m covered.

It’s great to wear a foundation or tinted moisturizer that has a sunscreen built-in, but make sure the product you’re using is backed by science. One easy way to make sure your product offers sun protection? See if the label uses the phrase “broad-spectrum.” High quality sunscreens are consistently effective and don’t have harmful effects. Contact us for sunscreen recommendations that holistically protect your skin while nourishing and improving it as well. 

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