Fun in the Sun - Facts vs Myths



TRUE OF FALSE?


UV EXPOSURE CAN ADD OVER 6.5 YEARS TO YOUR VISIBLE AGE

TRUE

When UV rays enter the skin it causes inflammation, alongside a cascade of other biological events. When inflammation occurs in the skin, melanin is created to darken the skin as a form of protection from sun exposure, this results in pigmentation on the skin and after longterm exposure can cause uneven skin tone. This pigmentation is also known as inflammageing and adds years to your perceived age.


I ONLY NEED SUN PROTETION WHEN IT'S SUNNY

FALSE

UVA rays are the same strength all year round, and even on cloudy days 80% of these harmful rays can penetrate the skin. Ozone levels and ground reflection can also double exposure; snow reflects 80% UV rays, sand 15% of UV rays, water reflects less than 10% but sea foam reflects 25% of UV rays, so can still get sunburnt whilst on the beach or in the mountains.


SPF IS THE LAST PRODUCT APPLIED IN OUR SKINCARE REGIME

TRUE

Daylight Defense should the be the top layer in your skincare regime. Sunscreen is designed to allow your moisturiser to work to nourish and hydrate the skin while sunscreen ensures the maximum protection for your skin.


ALL SUNSCREENS ARE THE SAME

FALSE

Sun Protection Factor numbers indicate the level of protection for your skin before the UVB rays cause sunburn. For example, if your skin would burn after 10 minutes of being exposed to the sun and you used an SPF15 then your skin would be protected for 150 minutes before possibly burning. Broad Spectrum sunscreens provide protection against UVA and UVB rays, and some such as the NEW Invisible Physical Defense SPF30 also protect against blue light from electronics.


SUNSCREEN SHOULD BE REAPPLIED EVERY TWO HOURS

TRUE

Regularly reapplying sun protection in direct sunlight prevents sunburn. It is recommended to apply sunscreen thirty minutes before sun exposure and to apply 5ml or 1 teaspoon to the face, neck and decollate and then 30ml or 1 shot glass amount to the rest of the body. Reapplying also ensures any areas that may have been missed with the initial application are covered and maximises protection.


I NEVER BURN SO I DON'T NEED SUNSCREEN

FALSE

Base tans and safe tans are a myth. The skin's first line of defence against protecting the deeper layers from sunburn is to produce melanin which produces a darker pigment on the skin. People who don't burn have naturally darker skin tones, but they are just as susceptible to sun damage as those with lighter skins on the Fitzpatrick Scale.


PHYSICAL SUN PROTECTION IS BETTER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

TRUE

Sensitive or sensitised skins tend to hold more heat and by applying a physical sunscreen it works by reflecting the ultraviolet rays back into the atmosphere and away from the surface of the skin. This prevents unnecessary heat from staying on the skin and causing further irritation.


HIGHER SUN PROTECTION FACTOR LASTS LONGER

FALSE

The highest SPF can protect the skin from 98% of ultra violet rays. A high factor sun protection is better for the skin because it protects a higher percentage of damage casing ultra violet rays, but it doesn't provide from direct sunlight for long periods of time. It is recommended to reapply a broad spectrum sunscreen every two hours in direct sunlight.


Check out my blog 'Pick Your Perfect Sun Protection' for more information about which sunscreen best suits you. We also have a variety of Sun Protection products available on our website www.orchidsretreat.co.uk/dermalogica


Sources:

World Heath Orgainization https://www.who.int/uv/faq/whatisuv/en/index3.html

International Dermal Institute

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