How much do you know about sunscreen?

With the weather getting hotter these days, people are starting to pay more attention to sun protection. While we all know the importance of wearing sunscreen, do we really know as much as we should about this crucial step in our daily skincare routine?

Read more and play through this true or false to see if you truly know all you need.

If you want to tan, you don’t need to apply sunscreen.

False. There is no such thing as healthy tanning. Whether you’re someone that can achieve that golden glow or is always getting red in the sun, any change of skin color is a result of too much UV exposure, and a visible indication of UVB damage.

On the other hand, you have to think about UVA harm. While UVA harm is invisible at first, it can lead to more serious dangers like premature aging and skin cancer. That is why everyone should always take the precaution to always wear sunscreen, especially on your face, that is most exposed to the sun on a daily basis.

You need to wear sunscreen all year round.

True. Even though UVB rays (the rays that cause sunburns and visible changes to the skin)  are weaker in the winter, UVA rays (the rays that cause aging of the skin) will always be the same year-round. It is true that clouds also block infrared light, which are the rays that make your skin feel warm, but UV rays will never be fully blocked.

Even artificial lighting can cause premature aging of the skin due to the amount of heat it emits. So, wearing sunscreen indoors is a good way to prevent damage in these cases.

The higher the SPF, the better the sunscreen.

False. SPF stands for sun protection factor. For every SPF, the sunscreen offers 15 minute of protection, however, this does not mean that the higher the SPF, the stronger the  protection. SPF only measures how well a sunscreen will protect against UVB rays and not UVA rays, which are equally as dangerous at UVB rays. The PA symbol lets us know there is UVA protection. PA++ is perfect for daily use and regular activities.

The higher the SPF, the harsher the formula actually is on the skin. Just as long as it has an SPF of around 40, it’s perfect for daily use. The most important thing for any sunscreen is that you reapply it every 2-3 hours as needed. The best sunscreens are those that protect against UV and heat, such as the Klairs Midday Blue Sun Lotion.

All sunscreens irritate the skin or cause breakouts.

The reason why some sunscreens cause breakouts is connected to their use of nano zinc oxide and and nano titanium dioxide powder in their formula. Because this powder is so finely milled, it might have the benefit of applying well, however, the particles end up clogging the pores and can lead to the formation of pimples and eventually cause breakouts.

Sunscreens like the Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion are great solutions because it doesn’t rely solely on a physical formula. Though it contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, it contains slightly larger micro particles, that do not irritate the skin.

It also has a light application and absorbs like a moisturizer, so there are no worries of it leaving an oily finish, so it can be used with or without your base makeup.

Sunscreens that don’t leave a white cast are better for the skin.

The reason why some sunscreens leave a white cast is because they are a physical sunscreen as compared to a chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreens work by shielding the skin against UV rays by applying a thin layer of finely milled mineral powder that reflects light. Physical sunscreens are great at providing UV protection and are non-irritating for sensitive skin, but can have a thick, uncomfortable application and leaves a white cast.

There are sunscreens that combine the benefits of both a physical and chemical sunscreen into one, like the Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion. It has great UV protection, is great for sensitive skin, but has a light, comfortable application and leaves no white cast, thanks to the help of an innovative chemical formula.

It’s better to not apply sunscreen if you have sensitive skin.

If you have sensitive skin, then it means it is that much easier to get sunburned or experience other forms of UV damage. This is why those with sensitive skin have to make sure to take care of their skin with a high quality sunscreen that can provide the effective protection without irritating the skin, as many sunscreens do.

Like we mentioned earlier, SPF isn’t all that’s important. An SPF of 30-50 with PA++ will be perfect for daily use. On top of that, finding a sunscreen that applies smoothly and has soothing qualities will be the best answer.

We hope these points, a lot of which were inspired by the Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion, help you understand more about the science behind sunscreens and might be of help to you in choosing the best sunscreen for you!

How much do you know about sunscreen?