3 SUN MYTHS DEBUNKED
Being sun smart is important no matter where you live, but here in Australia we have to be extra careful. Having a thinned ozone layer means rigorous sun protective measures need to be present in our everyday lives, in order to help prevent some skin cancers and accelerated ageing.
When it comes to anti-ageing and skincare, the one thing we should all know by now is that you should wear sunscreen every day, no matter what the weather looks like – yes, this includes wearing it to the office, even if you work indoors! But what you may not know is that there is quite a lot of misinformation regarding sun damage (read: a lot!).
For that reason, we decided to debunk 3 of the most common myths about sun damage out there. Read on to find out how much you truly know about one of the most important sources of energy: our beautiful sun!
MYTH #1: I CAN’T GET SUN DAMAGE UNLESS I’M DIRECTLY EXPOSED TO IT
Wrong! UVA rays actually have the ability to penetrate glass – meaning you don’t even need to step out of your house for sun damage to occur. Your daily commute can also be harmful to your skin, as sunlight will unavoidably shine through car and train glass windows. We also need to be just as careful on overcast days, as clouds were not created with magical powers that block harmful UV rays.
Have you ever been sunburnt when the sun wasn’t even out and wondered ‘How on Earth?’ Yeah… well that’s how. Moral of the story: wear sunscreen every single day and help prevent this from happening again!
MYTH #2: IF I DON’T BURN OR PEEL, I DON’T NEED SUNSCREEN
Umm, think again! Peeling and burning means your skin has sustained substantial trauma already, but the damage actually started long before these dreaded side effects. Without sunscreen, or other sun protection measures such as protective clothing or hat, your skin is completely exposed to the harmful radiation that can lead to skin cancers and premature ageing.
Want to know one of the best things you can do to help prevent DNA damage? Yeah you guessed it: wear SUNSCREEN. Our recommendation: opt for a light, convenient spray like our Face & Body Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+1 for the highest sun protection factor* for sensitive skin.
*Highest label claim allowed as per AS/NZS 2604:2012;Very High. SPF50+, Broad Spectrum.
Repeat after me: my foundation does not have enough sun protection! While it may seem completely unnecessary to add another SPF product underneath your makeup, the truth is there is no way you’re using enough of the foundation to get the sun protection you think you’re getting.
We recommend our Face Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50+1 for daily use, as its lightweight, mattifying and non-greasy formula means it sits really well under makeup. Pro tip: it also works great as a base for our Mineral Tinted Compacts SPF 50!
1 ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR USE.
Avoid prolonged high-risk sun exposure. Frequent re-application or use in accordance with direction is required for effective sun protection. Wear protective clothing, hats and eyewear when exposed to the sun.