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5 SPF Myths - Busted!

MYTH: SPF will stop me from getting a tan

This is one of the oldest and most commonly heard sunscreen myths and it’s so not true. When the skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays, it triggers the production of melanin, which is the pigment that darkens the skin and causes you to tan. Even if you’re wearing a high factor SPF, you will still develop a sunkissed tan, it just might take longer but your skin cells will thank you for it as they will be better protected against severe damage and premature ageing.

MYTH: I only need to wear sunscreen in the summer or when the sun is out

Even on a cloudy day, you can get sunburnt as up to 80% of UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds and cause irreversible damage to your skin. Another thing to note is even if you’re working inside all day, your skin will still be exposed to UV rays when you’re driving, sitting near the office window or nipping to the shop. Rain or shine, always apply SPF.

MYTH: Darker skin tones don’t need to use an SPF

Those of you with olive or darker skin tones might think you don’t need sunscreen but this is a myth. Darker skin is relatively more protected from sun damage because it has a natural SPF of around 13.4, whereas fairer complexions have an average of 3.4. But this does not mean that damage such as wrinkles, dark spots and skin sagging are less common in darker complexions, all skin tones are vulnerable to sun damage

MYTH: You only need to apply sunscreen once a day to protect your skin

Wrong. Despite what the packaging promises, sweating, swimming or towelling down can remove the sunscreen from your face and body. It’s important to reapply at least every two hours for maximum protection.

MYTH: My foundation has SPF included so I don’t need to apply a sunscreen

The SPF in your make-up isn’t enough to really protect your skin. Beauty products often contain sunscreen as an added extra rather than a key part of the formulation, meaning that the level of protection your favourite foundation offers is either very low or won’t be as effective as the filters found in a separate SPF. Sunscreen works as a protective barrier, so you should apply it after your moisturiser and before your make-up every day.

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