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The Top Suncare Myths

15th August, 2016 by Andrea

After months and months of cold weather, it’s no wonder we get very excited when the sun  comes out and we strip off and bake  for hours in the sun!

But with Skin cancer as the most common cancer in the UK, so it’s time to take note!

I will get vitamin D deficiency if I don’t sit in the sun all day 

NOT TRUE – Sitting in the sun all day is not the way yo boost up your vitamin D levels.

Protecting your skin from sun damage is far more important. You only need a brief exposure to the sun like 10-15 minutes a day to bump up your levels. Even if you’re wearing sunscreen, small amounts of UV rays still penetrate your skin.

You can increase your Vitamin D with your diet.

I don’t need to use sunscreen because I have Asian skin.

NOT TRUE – With black or Asian skin you are less likely to develop skin cancer, but it can still occur. Remember the sun can also cause premature aging like wrinkles and dark pigmentation spots.

I don’t need to apply sunscreen in the winter or on cloudy days.

NOT TRUE – UV rays are independent of temperature — so you can get just as much sun damage on a cold, sunny day than you can a hot summer one . And remember  up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds.

The higher the SPF, the better the protection.

Sunscreens with a higher SPF will offer more protection from the sun’s harmful rays. The SPF on a sunscreen refers to the amount of protection the product offers from the harmful UVB rays that causes sunburn and can contribute to skin cancer.Therefore your sunscreen  needs to offer Broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Look for an SPF of at least 30.

Wear your sun protection . . . and wear it daily!

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