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We all probably had our first burn of the season last weekend and hopefully it will be our last. Here’s the scoop on 5 sunscreen myths that will help you stay sunburn free throughout this summer.

Waterproof sunscreen:

Apparently there’s no such thing! In fact the FDA banned the use of labels containing the words “waterproof”, “sweat proof”, and “sunblock”. When a sunscreen is waterproof, it simply means the sunscreen is water resistant. After approximately 40-80 minutes, get out of the water you’re in and re-apply.

You don’t need to worry about covering your head:

The sun will naturally highlight your hair as well as burn your scalp. The natural highlights are actually damaged hair and no one wants to brush through their hair with a sunburn. Make sure you wear a hat and buy UV-shielding products for your hair to prevent damage.

Keeping your sunscreen in your beach bag all summer is fine:

Sunscreen is affected by hot and cold air so think twice about leaving your sunscreen in your beach bags which can cause the chemical makeup of the lotion to change adversely affecting its effects. Make sure you bring your sunscreen in and out of your car to ensure it doesn’t go to waste.

Sunscreen makes you breakout:

Sunscreens are not the only reason we break out. It is actually a combination of not washing our face after a long day at the beach as well as the sun. Like our hair the sun dries out our skin causing dead skin build up and more oil to be produced. The oil glands are over productive so it is important to keep your skin clean and pores clear. Make sure you find anti-acne products and/or wash your face after applying.

Using last years bottle is fine:

Sunscreen actually has an expiration date and you should pay attention to it! Toss last’s years bottle and try not to keep them for over a year.

You only need sunscreen on hot, sunny days outside:

Cloudy days you should look out for too. 80% of UV rays pass through clouds so it is very possible to get burned even if you don’t see the sun itself. You can also get sun exposure even if you’re not outdoors – through a car window or reflections from water if you’re dining on a water front restaurant. Always apply sunscreen to protect your skin and do not rely on solely your makeups SPF.

Helpful Tips

  • Put your aloe vera in the refrigerator to make it cooler.
  • If you burn, take a cool bath and add a couple tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Find a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection – “Broad-Spectrum Coverage”.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes before you leave the house to allow it to absorb into your skin
  • Wear sunglasses – a fashion statement that protects your eyes from harmful UVs!
  • Protect your lips! Don’t forget Chap Stick with an SPF 30 or higher.



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