Outdoor Skin Care – Sun Screen

Using Sun Screen At The Beach
Photo by: Ollie Crafoord, Creative Commons

There are many different myths when it comes to the use of sun screen. The unfortunate thing is that these myths are often misleading, and as such, make people believe that they are protecting themselves properly when they really aren’t. Now, in order to make sure that every person is aptly protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, here are two of the most popular sun block myths – debunked!

Myth 1: Sun block would provide you with total protection – Well, the truth is that there is no sun block or screen in existence that is capable of providing you with that kind of protection. The general idea here is that the higher the SPF, the better the protection. Basically, if you’re using SPF 15 then you’re 93% protected, SPF 30 means you’re 97% protected and SPF 50 – 60 means that you’re 98% protected. Now, getting the highest SPF might seem like the best idea here but do note of the fact that the higher the SPF, the higher levels of harsh chemicals it contains.

Myth 2: An SPF 60+ would provide you with double the protection of an SPF 30 sun block – This is certainly false and is also one of the major reasons as to why the FDA has decided to put a cap on the higher SPF’s. Between SPF 30 and SPF 60, there is about 1.6% in terms of difference when it comes to protection. This isn’t much considering the fact that the SPF 60 version can potentially put more toxins into your body.

Now that we have exposed the truth with regards to those sun screen myths, here a good tip when it comes to buying sun block. Always do your research. Sure, it might be just a bottle of lotion or cream but you’re still putting it on your skin and you expect it to protect you from the sun’s UV rays. That is what you’re paying for and as such, you would want to know if it’s genuinely safe for you to use.

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