Did you know that 80% of premature ageing is caused by the sun? And can you separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to sun protection? It’s time to find out…
Oh yes you do. A sky that looks grey and cloudy may only be filtering UV by as little as 20%. That means that a whopping 80% of those damaging rays are getting through! And that SPF is a year-round essential.
Yes. As a rule of thumb, a product with SPF30 will protect you for 30 times longer than if you weren’t wearing any sun protection.
This is one of the biggest myths of all. Whatever your race or skin tone, your skin needs protection from the sun.
Nice try, sun lovers but it’s simply not true! You only need the tiniest amount of incidental sun exposure to get the required amount of vitamin D and you can get a lot of it from your diet.
This one is true and really a matter of common sense. Your face and neck are uncovered more than your tummy, for example (unless your favour year-round crop tops!). Hands often age faster than the rest of us for the same reason.
No, think of UVB rays as ‘burning’ rays’ and UVA as the longer rays that are primarily responsible for premature skin ageing. Clearly, you need protection from both.
The latest thinking shows that this old chestnut is outdated and inaccurate and that the actual figure is closer to 25%. So there’s absolutely no excuse for those of us a *little* bit over the age of 18 to think wearing SPF is ‘shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted’.
This is a myth and one that gets dermatologists very hot under the collar! The only thing that protects you is SPF.
Could you separate the fact from the fiction? Just don’t forget that sun damage can be all too real.
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