3 Myths About Sunscreen

We all know that sunscreen plays an important role in year-round skin care, but many continue to believe these three prevalent myths.

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July 2017

Myth 1: Sprays are as effective as lotions

While a sunscreen spray may be convenient, there are many reasons why a sunscreen lotion is not only better for you, but for the environment as well! Yes, the “spray and play” aspect might sound appealing, but sunscreen sprays often apply unevenly to the skin, leaving you and loved ones at a higher risk of burning.

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Even the safest, most natural sunscreens contain powerful ingredients, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are strong minerals that reflect the sun’s rays. These ingredients are amazing, as they can start protecting your skin from the moment you apply them. When you use a sunscreen spray, however, you’re not just putting those ingredients on your skin, you’re also inhaling the spray into your lungs. While it’s common for sunscreen companies to include warning labels cautioning users to seek medical help if the product is swallowed, the reason sprays are more harmful is because they are so easily inhaled. So stick with your sunscreen lotion and be better protected from the sun (as well as those powerful ingredients)!

Myth 2: Sunscreen is waterproof

Many people believe sunscreens are waterproof, but they’re actually water resistant. This means that although the sunscreen protects your skin from harmful rays when in water or sweating, the sun can still penetrate the skin to some degree if sunscreen is not reapplied as directed. Recent FDA rulings have required sunscreen companies to display a water resistant amount of 40 or 80 minutes, so make sure you read the label and reapply as needed. This is especially important if you’re active in water or working up a sweat!