Five Skin Myth Busters:
- Tanning booths are safe as long as they do not contain UVB rays. FALSE
On average, indoor tanners are 74% more like to develop melanomas than non-tanners. UVA rays are still harmful, penetrating deeper than UVB rays and causing premature aging and skin cancers.
The higher the SPF, the better the protection. TRUE, BUT NOT TO THE DEGREE YOU MIGHT THINK
For example, a sun protection factor (SPF) 2 blocks 50% of UVB rays, allowing you to stay in the sun twice as long as you could with no sun protection. A SPF 15 sunscreen blocks 93.3% of UVB rays, and a SPF 30 blocks 96.9% of UVB rays. Notice that doubling the SPF protection does not double the protection. As SPF increases above 30, the increased coverage becomes more minimal. Therefore, while a higher SPF does provide more coverage, a SPF 100, for example, does not provide 100% protection.
If my makeup has an SPF, then I do not need sunscreen. FALSE
While SPF in a foundation or mineral powder does block some of the sun's harmful rays, women on average do not apply enough to provide adequate coverage. Most women use .085 grams of foundation, which is not even close to the 1.2 grams that would be required. That equals 14 more layers of foundation than you already wear. Whoa! That would create one serious mask of makeup!
You do not need sunscreen on a cloudy day. FALSE
Even if the sun is hidden behind the clouds, you are still being exposed to harmful rays. These rays account for 80% of wrinkles, age spots, raised dark spots, and growths. Just minutes in the sun can lend to premature aging. Don't take a chance! Wear your sunscreen.
Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and acne free. FALSE
During the ten years I have worked in this industry, the thing I hear most often is that many wash their faces with a bar of soap intended for the body. In all honesty, that above anything else makes my ears cringe! Our skin has a natural pH of 5-5.6, which is on the acidic side of neutral (7.0). However, soap is has a very alkaline pH and therefore disturbs the oil/water balance of the skin. Furthermore, facial acne is not caused by dirt, but rather by pore walls adhering together deep in the skin. Frequent scrubbing can actually irritate acne rather than heal it.
Stay tuned for more Skin Myth Busters in the near future!
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This page was last updated: July 15, 2013