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So many of us love having that golden tanned skin and we invest a lot in buying the best tanning oils and creams but don’t invest as much in sunscreens. The biggest myth of all time around sunscreen is that it would stop you from getting the tan you want, but in fact, it is an essential part of the process, and skipping sunscreen won’t only cause a lot of damage to your skin, but won’t allow you to have a tan than stays long enough due to sunburn and skin peeling.
Before we talk about the most common myths around sunscreen we need to understand how important it is to use it.
Sunscreen protects us from UVA and UVB. UVA rays have long waves that penetrate into the thickest skin layer and causes premature skin aging, and wrinkles while UVB is the shorter waves that affect the outer layer of the skin and causes sunburn as well as skin cancer. Now, for all these reasons, you definitely need to wear sunscreen and trust us you will still get tanned.
Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about sunscreen.
Myth 1: Dark skin doesn’t need sunscreen.
Dark skin might be less prone to sunburn and is not as sensitive as fair skin but that doesn’t mean it gets damaged by the sun. Everyone should apply sunscreen regardless of their skin color.
Myth 2: I don’t need to reapply sunscreen.
Even if your sunscreen is water-resistant, that doesn’t mean that applying it once will last you safe enough till the end of the day. If you are spending the whole day in the sun you need to reapply your sunscreen every hour maximum.
Myth 3: I’ll be sitting indoors or under the shades, I don’t need to wear sunscreen.
Staying indoors or under the shades doesn’t protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. You still need to apply sunscreen indoors if you are sitting by the window, under the shades, and even on cloudy days.
Myth 4: My sunscreen is SPF 50, I don’t need to apply it often.
No matter how high the SPF of the sunscreen you are wearing it will only last a couple of hours tops, this is why you need to reapply. Also, make sure you buy sunscreen with SPF 30 or above.
Myth 5: My makeup includes SPF, I don’t need to wear sunscreen.
Yes, some foundations and face powders contain SPF, but this doesn’t mean it can protect you all day long and that you won’t need to reapply. While you may wonder how to reapply sunscreen over the makeup, you can opt for spray sunscreen mists and carry it in your bag for easy application over your makeup.