Summer is here! The sun is out and you know what that means; it is time for your skin to get out too! As you may know, there are many benefits to sunlight; it is a great source of vitamin D, energy booster and mood improver. Though the summertime is beneficial to the skin, knowledge about the subject is imperial in order to do it safely. So here are five summer skincare myths debunked.
Myth # 1: People with dark skin do not need sunscreen
Do not be fooled! Everyone needs sunscreen regardless of their skin tone. Though it is believed by many that melanin (the pigment that makes the skin darker) is a natural protectant against UV rays, it only protects the skin barrier up to SPF 13. This is obviously not as strong as the recommended sunscreen which is SPF 30. Long story short, pat on the sunscreen dark friends!
Myth # 2: Sunscreen is not needed on cloudy days
UV rays do not take off days! Even when the sun is hidden it does not mean you should lay off the sunscreen. Because the UV rays penetrate through the clouds, a lack of good protection for your skin can affect your skin. By-products of this mishap include sun damage or even premature aging.
Myth # 3: It's okay to go completely bare on skincare
It is understandable, winter is over therefore no more heavy products. However, this doesn't mean any products at all! While people do dread the heat and it's effects on our skin, going completely bare leaves your skin vulnerable and at the mercy of those ruthless UV rays. Instead of ditching every product, make sure you go for very light products that will protect your skin and let it breathe at the same time.
Myth # 4: Summer skincare is all about sunscreen
Don't just slather on some sunscreen and call it a day. There is more to skincare than putting a barrier on your skin. You need for instance to take care of it from the inside out. Luckily, it is the best season to eat those ''summer glow'' foods. Include a lot of water-based fruits to your diet such as watermelon, pineapple or cucumber.
Myth # 5: The higher the SPF, the better
SPF is the level at which the sunscreen protects you. It is often mistaken for the measure of how long the cream protects you for. It is important to avoid too much sun exposure for long periods of time especially when the sun is at it's strongest.
All in all, summer is a great season that is appreciated by many. Even though it is a season to relax, it is still important to stay vigilant when it comes down to our skin. Do not let the high degrees stress you out! Have fun and don't forget your sunscreen!
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