Sunscreen Myth or Fact #2

Continued from part 1

Fact or Myth– Minerals such as zinc and titanium in sun protection products protect differently than chemical types

Fact – These minerals from the earth actually “reflect” rays away from the skin in contrast to chemical ingredients (such as avobenzone, oxbenzone, etc.)  that absorb rays (and will eventually enter the skin).  In the past people stayed away from minerals due to the unattractiveness of the white residue. However, advances in how the minerals are processed have eliminated this.

Fact or Myth — You do not need to use sunscreen if you have dark skin

Myth- Even people with deeply pigmented skin, who rarely burn, should use sunscreen. Research has shown dark-skinned people are not immune to most skin cancers and its related complications, as well as premature aging.

Fact or Myth–You need sunscreen in the winter

Myth – Don’t let shade or outside temperature fool you!  Snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays.   Although rays cannot penetrate through umbrellas and straw shades, they still bounce off snow, sand, water, concrete, and other reflective surfaces

Fact or Myth – Simply wearing clothes is adequate sun protection

Myth –  Typical cotton T-shirts and summer weight fabrics can allow 50% of harmful UVB rays through to your skin  when dry, and 10-20% more when wet.

Fact or Myth  – Indoor tanning (i.e. tanning beds) is safer than laying outside in the sun

Myth — UVA rays found in indoor tanning lead to deeper, more harmful skin damage. You do not  need a sunburn to create damage to skin cells.

 See Part 1

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