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5 myths and truths about sun protection

5 myths and truths about sun protection

Sun protection is the main method of preventing skin cancer and other serious conditions caused by exposure to UV rays. But the information lurking around cosmetic products specifically designed to protect you from the harmful effects of sunlight is often misleading. And rightly so, because there are a lot of theories that come up over night and contradict all the information you believed in and that you based on choosing these products!

Here is the truth behind the rumors that appear daily about sun protection methods, but also the most common myths you can hear!

TRUTH! You can use sunscreen from previous years

If you have a sunscreen started last year, you can use it safely this year, without problems. There is no need to throw away the lotion, just because it seems like it's been too long.

If the information on the label shows that it is within the validity period, then it can be used successfully, even if it has been released.

MYTH! Sunscreen creams protect 100% against UV rays

In the past, there was a lot of controversy over how cosmetic companies were promoting false advertising. Their advertising spots and labels promised total protection against the harmful effects of the sun, which is completely false, say specialists.

There is no protective cream that can completely prevent the harmful effects of the sun on the skin. Most products offer protection between 93% and 97-98%, but by no means 100%.

MYTH! The higher FPS you choose, the more protected you are from the sun

Here is another misconception that has been implemented in the minds of many and has nothing to do with reality. A higher protective factor of the skin does not guarantee a substantially greater effect.

For example, a FPS 15 protection cream fights 93% of harmful UV rays, while a FPS 30 cream fights 97% of them. The difference is not very large, and the efficiency does not necessarily consist in FPS, but rather in the correct application of this cream during sun exposure. The choice of FPS should not be based on this criterion, but on the type of skin you have. If you are not sure which is the most suitable protective factor for your skin, ask a dermatologist for advice.

MYTH! If you use FPS makeup products, you no longer need to apply a cream with the same effect

Cosmetic beauty products with protective factor also contribute to the protection of the harmful effects of the sun, but to a very small extent.

Specialists argue that they are not useful enough to protect against the danger of UV exposure. Using a sunscreen lotion before applying the makeup base is mandatory for the health and beauty of your skin.

MYTH: Essential or natural oils are just as effective as sunscreen

In an age where the emphasis is on eco or natural products, more and more women are trying to find natural alternatives to the industrial sun protection products.

But most of them consider olive oil, chain oil or other types of essential oils to be more protective than traditional lotions. In fact, the specialists claim that they do not protect against UV rays and that they must always be combined with a lotion specially created for this purpose.

MYTH: Lotions should only be applied to areas of skin exposed to the sun

Wrong, say specialists, who sound an alarm signal on people who misuse sun protection products and especially on parents, who inadvertently expose their children to danger when they let them go in the sun without applying cream.

The clothes offer a skin protection similar to a cream with FPS 7, and it can be bigger or smaller depending on the textures, layers and the color of the garments.

The doctors' recommendation is that the lotion should be applied all over the skin, especially in the summer season, when the danger is greater.

Do you know any other sun protection myths? Share them with us in the comment section below!

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