Debunking the Myths About Sunscreen
Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 at 7:00 am
Summer is filled with plenty of things to do outdoors. That fun can turn to pain very quickly if you choose not to wear some kind of sunscreen on exposed skin. This is one situation where the things you don’t know – about sunscreen – can actually hurt you. Here are a few myths about sunscreen that have been debunked.
Myths about Sunscreen
Myth: Sunscreen is Just for the Beach
There is a good reason why people associate sunscreen with the beach. People tend to use it on days when they are planning to be outside, on the beach, for hours. It is true that sunscreen is a good thing to wear at the beach.
That being said, sunscreen isn’t only for beach days. The main purpose of sunscreen isn’t to block “the sun” but to block UV light. Ultraviolet light is around all the time. People should be wearing sunscreen on exposed skin even on cloudy or rainy days.
Myth: Sunscreen 100 can block 100% of UV Rays
This is another myth. In reality, you won’t be able to find a sunscreen that is going to block 100% of UV rays. This doesn’t mean you should skip the sunscreen. Instead, it means you need to remember to reapply it.
The American Academy of Dermatology says you should make sure the label on your sunscreen says three things: “broad spectrum”, “SPF 30” (or higher), and “water resistant”. Sunscreen that says “broad spectrum” can protect from both UVA rays and UVB rays. It can’t block 100% of them, but is still recommended for use.
Myth: All You Need is Sunscreen
Sunscreen provides you with a certain amount of protection from the sun’s rays. It isn’t, however, the only way to block the sun. Additional options include: sunglasses, hats with large brims, and clothing. You can also sit under an umbrella while you are at the beach, and seek out shade while enjoying other outdoor activities.
Myth: Homemade Sunscreen is Effective
Huffington Post points out that there is no good way to test SPF levels on the sunscreen that you made at home from a recipe you found online. The FDA has very rigorous regulations on sunscreen. The purpose is to make sure that the label on the bottle matches the sun protection that the product provides.
You cannot know, for certain, that your homemade sunscreen is effective at blocking UV rays. You also aren’t going to be able to mix the ingredients as well as the companies that make sunscreen are able to do. An uneven mixture could result in a bad sunburn!