But overall, the number of people who use sunscreen has dropped 23 percent in the past 7 years. And the people who do wear sunscreen pretty much use only about one-quarter of what they should. So, here are some myths and misinformation you might hear about sunscreen. Along with the actual facts, from the experts at Natural Health magazine.
- Myth #1 - "I'm allergic to sunscreen." The fact is, less than 1 percent of the population is allergic to oxybenzone, the active ingredient in sunscreen. Your skin is probably being irritated by a perfume or preservative in it. So, try zinc oxide or titanium oxide they sit on top of your skin to block the sun's rays.
- Myth #2 - "I never go outside for more than a few minutes." UV radiation is constant, no matter the season, even through car windows. And if you add up all those "minutes," in one week, the average person gets 18 hours of sun exposure - and just 10 minutes of unprotected exposure a day can make you look old before your time.
- The Third Myth about sunscreen is: "I never burn, so I'm safe." That's not true. Sun exposure damages your skin, whether you burn, or tan, or see no visible difference.
- And the final myth about sunscreen is, "It's too late my skin is already fried." Not so. If you start protecting your skin today, it'll have better texture and tone in as little as 3 months.
The bottom line is, you should use 30 SPF sunscreen every day, one that protects against UVA and UVB rays. And don't rely on the sunscreen in your makeup. After 2 hours, it won't protect you anymore. And if you're going to the beach, cover your body with enough sunscreen to fill a shot-glass.