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Debunking Sunscreen Myths


The sun seems to get hotter by the minute. It is advised that we stay indoors but it is not possible. Here in Singapore, we will be more productive staying outside. Whether we choose to wander or to work, going outside is needed. So instead of hiding indoors, why not enjoy the day and not worry about the sun?


You can just consider sunscreen or umbrellas. If in this case you are still unsure about sunscreens because of some things that you heard about it, it is time that these things debunked. There are many myths about sunscreen and it is crucial that you know which are true and not.

Here are some sunscreen myths and the truths about it:

Myth number 1: One famous myth is that when wearing sunscreen, the user will not get tanned. You have to know that tan is the result of the skin’s protecting against UV rays. The skin will produce melanin (thereby the darkening of the skin) to protect it against UV rays. Remember that no matter the SPF, no sunscreen can completely keep the skin from harmful coverage. Do not expect that you won’t get tanned using sunscreen.

Myth number 2: Many people believe that the chemicals found in sunscreens are harmful than getting sunburns. This myth came out because many people know that sunscreens have chemicals used to protect the skin from the sun and some of these chemicals are harmful. This is not true. You should know that brands put most of their time in research and development. Because of this, they make sure that thorough and extensive safety is observed.


Myth number 3: Putting a strong SPF in the morning will last a day. This is again a myth. Skin experts recommend that you reapply sunscreens every two to three hours. It doesn’t mean that you put strong SPF in the morning, it is enough to last a day.

Myth number 4: There is no point in securing SPF of over 30. You have to know that the difference of SPF 30 onwards is minimal. If you buy SPF 30, you will be 97 percent protected. If you buy SPF 45, you will be 98 percent protected and SPF 60 will give you 98 percent protection. Depending on your skin type, you have to be particular about SPF but experts will recommend SPF 30.

Myth number 5: The market is developing different kinds of sunscreens for different needs of users. There are artificial sunscreens and mineral ones. Others think that natural sunscreens are the healthiest option. Again, this is a myth. All sunscreens are the healthiest option because it protects the skin from the sun. It is just a matter of preference.