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Bamboozled by these Sunscreen Myths

By Crystal Mejia
Posted On Jun 24, 2016
Bamboozled by these Sunscreen Myths

Do you only apply sunscreen on sunny days? Is SPF the only thing you take into consideration when buying sunblock? Have you used your bottle after its expiration date? If yes, you are at risk and increasing the chances of getting skin cancer in the future. Read about the following myths and spread the word to help stop yourself and others from misusing sunblock.


Myth: “I only need sunscreen when it’s sunny outside.”

Just because the clouds are hiding the sun doesn’t mean your skin is protected from its rays. Clouds do block some UV radiation but 80 percent still manages to reach the earth’s surface.


Myth: “When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it’s SPF 15.”

Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, choose a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. SPF 30 or higher is particularly recommended for someone with problematic skin conditions. Although SPF is highly important, you should also look out for the following chemicals that provide UVA protection: benzophenones (oxybenzone), cinnamates (octylmethyl cinnamate and cinoxate), sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl SX).


Myth: “The darker the skin, the less sunscreen is needed.”

Although some of us are more vulnerable to sunburn than others, everyone should wear sunscreen to protect their skin from damaging UV rays. Darker skin will not get sunburned as quickly, but at the end of the day, it will still burn and become susceptible to sun spots, wrinkles, and cancer.


Myth: “Sunscreen is sunscreen no matter how old it is.”

Make sure to check the expiration dates. As sunscreen expires, its ingredients weaken over time. They’re ineffective at this point and might be worse than not applying any to the skin at all. If you’re applying sunblock everyday like you’re supposed to, you shouldn’t have any left at the end of the summer.


Myth: “Sunscreen is toxic.”

Some fear that the ingredients used in sunscreen can cause cancer because the skin soaks it in, possibly ending up in our bloodstream. This does not mean you ignore them completely. Opt for a DIY sunscreen that includes Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They have a transparent finish, are less damaging, and are great with blocking UVA and UVB light.


Check out New You’s DIY Sunscreen Recipe!