Daily SPF – Myths & Facts, Dos & Don’ts; what you need to know about protecting your skin

No matter what type of skin you have; dark, light, oily, or dry, every one of us needs to wear a daily SPF to protect from harmful rays. Many people are still unaware of the risk we face every day from the sun. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and an estimated 10,130 people will die of melanoma in 2016 alone. Protecting and taking care of our body’s largest organ is definitely a must!

Here are some Myths and Facts that you need to know about SPF:

 

Myth: I only need to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny and hot outside.

Most of us tend to think once the temperature begins to drop, we can trade in the sunscreen for a coat, some hot cocoa, and maybe a little extra moisturizer for that wintery dry skin 😉 However, a daily SPF is just as important in the winter, if not MORE important than it is during the summer. UVA rays are very powerful, harmful rays from the sun that are the main cause of most skin cancers and aging of the skin. UV radiation can penetrate deep into the layers of your skin even on the cloudiest day, all year round, no matter what the temperature is outside. If you live near snow or are traveling to the mountains for a little getaway, sunscreen is especially essential! 80% of UV radiation coming from the sun is reflected by snow whereas sand, only reflects 25% of UV radiation. That means that your risk of exposure is actually far greater in the snow!

 

Myth: the sun will clear up/dry out your blemishes and acne.

Acne can be triggered by stress. So it’s only natural that your acne may start to clear up as you relax and unwind on the beach or by the pool. Chlorine and saltwater can also dry out your skin which can make it seem like your breakouts have stopped. Not so fast though, don’t be fooled! This may seem like it has worked at first, but at that very moment your skins oil production will be kicking into overdrive, only leaving you with the same issues later. Sunscreens can also be very clogging, only further adding to the problem. So make sure you find an SPF that’s no clogging and good for oily or acne-prone skin!

 

Myth: The SPF in my makeup is good enough.

Majority of makeup brands do not carry a high enough SPF. The American Cancer Foundation recommends a daily SPF of 30 or more. Most makeup brands average only 15-20% SPF. Also, layering makeup products with different SPFs does not work. SPF 15 face primer + SPF 20 foundation, does not = SPF 35 total. You would only have an SPF of 20 because that was the highest SPF you had put on. Instead, try a tinted moisturizer. Most tinted moisturizers tend to have higher SPFs like Revision Skincare’s Intellishade, carried here at dermataloge, which has an SPF of 45!

 

Fact: Sunscreen can EXPIRE.

All sunscreens sold in the US are required by the FDA to pass an inspection showing that they will still work and protect the skin after 2-3 years. When sunscreens expire, the active ingredients no longer work and will not protect you. So when digging through the summer supplies and finding that old bottle of sunscreen, if you don’t remember when you bought it, be on the safe side and throw it out!!

The Dos and Don’ts of SPF

 

DO

 

DONT

Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to outdoor activity Apply sunscreen and immediately get in water.
Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours spent outdoors. Rely only on the SPF in your makeup.
Re-apply sunscreen after getting out of water, excessive sweating, or eating- (around the face). Purchase SPF with any fragrance or perfume added to it.
Store sunscreen in a cool, dark place. Use expired sunscreen.
Wear sunscreen all year round.

Skip the SPF just because it’s cloudy.

Here at dermataloge we not only specialize in beautiful skin, but healthy skin too. And healthy skin starts with a daily SPF!!

Source: The International Dermal Institute & the Skin Cancer Foundation.