Myths vs. Facts to Protect yourself from the sun!
Myth: A higher SPF number means more protection.
Fact: The SPF (sun protection factor) is a measure of UVB
only and does not measure the UVA. To be protected from
the sun, you must block both UVB and UVA. Therefore a high
SPF number does not ensure complete protection.
Myth: Any sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB.
Fact: Most all sunscreens protect against UVB, but only ones
with Zinc oxide protect against UVA (skin
aging rays). To be protected you MUST block both UVA and UVB!
Myth: Waterproof sunscreen provides “all day protection”
and does not need to be reapplied.
Fact: Waterproof sunscreens lose some of their effectiveness
after 40 minutes in the water. All sunscreens need to be
reapplied every two hours.
Myth: You don’t need sunscreen if you have dark skin.
Fact: Everybody, regardless of race or ethnic origins, is subject
to the damaging effects from the sun. All skin types need protection
Myth: Sunscreen is unnecessary on a cloudy day.
Fact: 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can pass through the
clouds. Use sun protection 360 days a year!