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The Facts: 5 Sunscreen Myths Debunked

The Facts: 5 Sunscreen Myths Debunked

In honor of May being National Skin Cancer Prevention Month, and with all those sunny days on the way this summer, there couldn’t be a better time to bust some skincare myths. From the truth about sunscreen, to revealing the real deal about skin protection, we’re covering everything you need to know to practice responsible skincare measures. Trust us, your beautiful (though maybe slightly paler) skin will thank you for it down the road!

1. Myth: Wearing foundation with an SPF means you’re being sun safe.

Fact: You should still apply a sunscreen underneath. Your face should always have a 30 SPF on, and a foundation alone will probably not have this. Better safe than sorry (and scorched!).

2. Myth: People with darker complexions are less prone to sun damage, and therefore don’t need to apply sunscreen as frequently.

Fact: While everyone is susceptible to skin damage from the sun, people with darker skin tones are less prone to UV damage, thanks to their higher production of melanin. But they should still apply sunscreen every two hours during a full day outside.

3. Myth: The higher the SPF, the better. 

Fact: Up to a certain level (about 30), a higher sun protection factor (SPF) will be more effective than a lower one. But beyond 30, a higher SPF has little added benefit compared with a lower SPF. Experts recommend applying moderate SPF more frequent, rather than one big dose of a high SPF.

4. Myth: Most skin damage occurs before we’re 18.

Fact: UV-ravaged skin can certainly go from bad to worse if you didn’t take care of it in your youth, but will continue to worsen if you neglect it in older age. While we can’t turn back time and delete those burns we got as a teenager, good skincare protection going forward will still benefit you.

5. Myth: Exfoliating will dry out your skin, causing more wrinkles in skin that’s already dried out from the sun.

Fact: The buildup of the dead, outermost layer of your skin can make your skin look dull and even more damaged than it is. Exfoliating is still a vital part of any good skin routine, even in the summer (especially if you’re swimming in chlorine, lathering up with sunscreen, etc). Experts still recommend you exfoliate to remove this outermost layer of dirt and buildup. If you’re using exfoliants with ingredients that make your skin more sensitive to the sun, cover up!

And if you’re looking for good skincare products, or cute summer apparel to keep you safe from the sun, we’ve got you covered—literally, with hats, sunglasses, and stylish swim cover-ups all available at The Shop. Plus, the Sanctuary Spa is always offering the latest in skincare treatments and products. From professional services that will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, to the highest quality selection at-home products, the Spa is your one-stop shop for all your summer skincare needs!

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