Although we know that sunscreen is fundamentally necessary, there are still a few prevailing myths about wearing it every day. This week we're debunking the top three sunscreen myths, along with listing a few of our favorite, easy-to-apply SPFs so you can stick with a consistent sun protection routine.
Myth #1 You don’t always need to wear sunscreen
Harmful UVA light and UVB rays can still cause damage to exposed skin on cloudy days. So even on overcast days, wear a hat, seek shade, and wear sunscreen because ultraviolet light can lead to sunburn and permanent sun damage.
Myth #2 Your body can’t absorb Vitamin D while wearing sunscreen
No matter how much sunscreen you use or how high the SPF, some of the sun’s UV rays reach your skin. Clinical studies have never found that everyday sunscreen use leads to Vitamin D deficiency.Therefore it's crucial to wear sunscreen to prevent the negative effects of the sun.
Myth #3 Wearing sunscreen will prevent you from tanning
Sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays but still allows for tanning, as a tan is the body’s natural protective response to UV exposure. To avoid getting color, it is best to apply sunscreen or sunblock, then cover up thoroughly with a large-brimmed hat and long, protective clothing.
Decree Day Shield SPF 30
Use this refreshing, hydrating mist to protect your skin against UV rays, aging pollution, and perpetual blue light. This environmental spray applies clear, and the invisible mist absorbs easily over makeup. UV filters Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide act as a protective shield while collagen-protecting peptides keep skin supple and firm.
Zitsticka Megashade™ Breakout-Proof SPF Serum
This broad-spectrum SPF 50+ is designed around easy-to-use daily protection and is formulated for acne-prone skin. Designed with the highest quality SPF 50+ actives for broad-spectrum protection, this non-irritating serum does not clog pores and yields a luminous sheen with the help of Aloe Vera.
Mara Sea Kale Sunscreen Serum
A favorite for dry skin, this daily mineral sunscreen serum made with Glow Defense Technology™melts on the skin and calms it with marine botanicals to reduce skin stress.
ELTAMD UV Clear SPF 46 Oil-Free
Ideal for oily skin, this genius sunscreen combines broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection with Zinc Oxide and the skin benefits of Niacinamide to calm acne. This formula is also oil-free, sensitivity-free, and fragrance-free—containing a whopping 9% Zinc Oxide.