MYTH: How old your skin looks is mostly determined by genetics.
UV exposure is the number one cause of premature signs of ageing. Your genes can determine skin tendencies, like when your skin will begin to wrinkle. But your choices, like deciding not to wear a moisturiser with broadspectrum SPF protection, have a huge impact on how your skin ages.
MYTH: If your skin doesn’t look burnt then the sun isn’t damaging it.
Those with dark or deep skin tones experience fewer of the typical symptoms of sun burn. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t damaging their skin. Prolonged, unprotected sun exposure can still lead to serious skin damage, as well as uneven skin tone.
MYTH: If your make-up already has sunscreen in it, you don’t need to apply a separate product with SPF.
Some cosmetic products do contain SPF. However, to help protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays it is recommended that you use a product with minimum of SPF15 and broadspectrum protection. Remember to apply over all parts of the face and neck.
MYTH Tanning is safe because it boosts your levels of vitamin D.
There is no such thing as a healthy or safe tan
. A tan is the visible sign of melanin over-production which is the body’s natural defence against sun exposure.
MYTH: If it’s cloudy and you’re indoors all day, you don’t need sunscreen
UVA rays penetrate through clouds, and even windows. Your skin always needs protection against these harmful rays, even when you don’t think you are getting sun exposure. Try using a daily moisturiser
with an SPF of at least 15 which is UVA compliant for year-round daily protection.