We’ve all heard the warning messages that nag you to wear sunscreen every day. If you’re stubborn like me, you’ve probably only worn it a few times to the beach, and even then, been worried about breakouts.
While it may seem like an obvious “must” for our fairer-skinned friends, there are a few myths we’d like to bust to explain why sunscreen is so important for all skin types, all-year-round!
Wearing sunscreen every day doesn’t just have benefits to your skin, it also protects it from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and skin damage. Think there are exceptions? Think again!
“My foundation has SPF in it, I don’t need to wear sunscreen.”
While it’s great that you are opting for more protection in your beauty products, most cosmetics lack all the protection you need against harmful rays. If you want to use makeup with SPF in it, make sure it contains at least 5 percent zinc oxide and an SPF of 15 for optimal sun protection - it reflects both UVA and UVB rays off of the skin!
“My moisturizer contains SPF in it, do I really need sunscreen, too?”
If you’re using a moisturizer as a protectant, make sure it contains an SPF of at least 15. The way to know a moisturizer really means business? If it says "broad spectrum” on the label, that means it’s protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.
“How could I possibly need sun protection when it’s not even sunny outside?”
Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, and snow can reflect up to 80% of UV rays, upping your risk to sun exposure and damage. Exposure to harmful UV rays can cause fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and exposure and higher risk to different types of skin cancers… is it really worth it to go without?
“Sunscreen tends to make me break out.”
If your sunscreen isn’t oil-free, it’s probably the reason for your breakouts. Opt for an oil-free sunscreen to keep your skin from getting clogged or greasy, while still being protected!
Sometimes it seems like no matter how often we apply sunscreen, we still get sunburnt after spending a day outdoors. If this happens to you and you don't want to be seen in public looking like a lobster, try using a few simple makeup products to help hide that bad sunburn.
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