Summer is here and the first beauty product we all think about getting into our daily skincare regimens would be sunscreens. It’s general knowledge that sunscreen is meant to protect our skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun, but what’s the real deal on them? We’re here to bust all the sunscreen myths to make sure you are getting the most out of it this summer season.
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Being indoors is not always an assurance that you’re not exposed to harsh UV rays. Whether you’re just staying at home or working in an office, UV rays can still penetrate the establishment through windows. This is most especially applicable for those who work in high-rise buildings with huge windows.
One common misconception about sunscreen application is that one doesn’t have to apply it when the weather isn’t sunny anyway. However, clouds don’t really block the harsh UB and UVB rays from the sun so going outdoors on cloudy weather will still expose you to potential sun damage.
Makeup is only meant to be an additional layer of sun protection, not the only layer of protection. As makeup evaporates, its SPF content vanishes along with it as well so make sure you don’t skip applying sun cream.
Sun mists don’t work similarly to usual hydrating mists. For it to work, you need to make sure it’s applied evenly. After spraying, gently pat it all over your face to spread it.
Sunscreen breaks down under light and loses its effectiveness over a short period of time. This is why you should re-apply sunscreen every 2 to 4 hours, at least.
Go generous with your sunscreen because a thin layer of it isn't really enough.
1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon of sunscreen is needed for your whole face and neck to ensure coverage. Most adults need about 1 ounce to fully cover their body.
Make sure to wait for the sunscreen to be fully absorbed before applying makeup.
UV and UVB rays are most commonly associated with skin cancer. As a result, one may easily think that sunscreens prevent that from happening.
However, there is no single sunscreen that can block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Along with an efficient sunscreen, it's also important to wear protective gear such as sunglasses, loose protective clothes, and hats to reduce the risk of sunburn.
You should also stay in the shade as much as possible. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours between 10 am and 2 pm.
Don't forget to apply sunscreen over commonly overlooked areas like your back, feet, ears, and hairline.
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