5 Myths About Sunscreen People Still Believe Today

Tue, 23 Oct 2018

Dermatologists recommend daily application of sunscreen and yet, how many people do you know (if any) actually do that? Why should you? We’ve never seen any movies where people apply their sunscreen other than in some sizzly scenes (You know what we’re talking about). 

But it's 2018 now, and with libraries and biology classes and, of course, the internet, it's weird to see movies and sitcoms perpetuating incredibly old-fashioned myths. It's not that hard to fact-check these stuff, guys. For instance...

1.Sunscreen is only for outdoor usage

You’re probably sitting behind this screen, peering out the window at the blazing hot sun, giving yourself a high five for not going out today and having to go through the trouble of putting on sunscreen. After all, the sun and its harmful rays can’t get you indoors right? Wrong. Let me tell you why! Sunscreen is essential even indoors because the UV rays have the ability to reflect off surfaces such as sand, water, grass and even the table you’re sitting on right now. More so, you’re not out of the blue on a cloudy day. UV rays can penetrate through the thick clouds, so don’t skip out of putting sunscreen!

Ultraviolet light will damage unprotected skin. It is also a cumulative effect, where UV exposure keeps adding up. Your skin is like a memory bank – it remembers all the sun damage that is afflicted on your skin. Over time, this UV damage can result in premature ageing, eye damage, sunspots, and ultimately, skin cancer.

Indoor lighting can also emit UV rays. Putting into account that UV damage is accumulative, you’d still need sunscreen protection from both indoors and outdoors.

2. Sunscreen can never be waterproof

Good luck trying to wash that off later..

“Water-resistant sunscreen? Rubbish. Sweat-resistant? Yeah right!” Yeah, these are common amongst sunscreen sceptics. Most people believe that water-resistant sunscreens would lose its effectiveness if it’s in contact with water for too long. Well, we’re about to blow your mind.


With advanced molecular encapsulation technology, sunscreens can go the extra mile of being water and rub resistant for at least 80 minutes. Application methods have also diversified! Besides topically applying sunscreen, you can even get 2-in-1 products such as a facial cleanser or shower wash! Shower on for cleaner skin and instant sun protection. Don’t believe us? Check this facial cleanser out.

3. I don’t need sunscreen because there’s SPF in my cosmetics or moisturisers

Cosmetics and moisturisers with SPF are great to add to your sun protection arsenal, but as with a regular sunscreen, you still need to reapply every two hours.

Also be aware that most cosmetics offer protection that may not be broad-spectrum to filter both UVA and UVB rays.

No one wants to get their makeup caked when putting on sunscreen. Then again, no one wants to get sunburnt as well. Lucky for you ladies, advanced technology products in the market now offer breakthrough alternatives such as wash off sunscreen !

4.You cannot tan while wearing sunscreen

Everyone wants to get that beautiful bronze tan like Emily Ratajkowski. Common misconception is that sunscreen prevents you from getting a tan. What if I told you there’s a way to get tanned without fear of damaging your skin cells? While sunscreen helps to protect against UVA and UVB rays, it does not block off all rays completely. It is still totally possible to get a tan while using sunscreen, even when applied multiple times throughout the day. You won’t get as tanned as fast as you would like, but beats having to go for a skin transplant.

Though it is the body's natural protective response to UV exposure, if you dislike being tan, it is best to apply sunscreen and cover up with a hat and suitable clothing.

5. Sunscreen never expires

You wouldn’t want to eat expired stuff would you? Why should your skin be subjected to expired goods too? Sunscreen contains nutrients which are similar to fruits, vegetables, etc. Like most foods or nutrients they expire. Although it isn’t harmful to your skin, it won’t be as effective as you would like it to be. But hey, you won’t be using expired sunscreen if you’re using it everyday!

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