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In many products that we find on the retail shelves, there are plenty of misconceptions due to misinformation.

We understand how important sunscreen is in protecting our skin. We have put together a list of 5 common misconceptions about sunscreen.

My cosmetics already had sunscreen built into it. I do not need additional sunscreen.

Once you go under the sun, you must apply sunscreen, and it must be under your makeup. There are many foundations and moisturisers that are armed with sunscreen, and this is fine if you are nipping out to the shops, or heading to the office, or anything that will allow you to be under protective shade or in a building for most of the time.

If you are spending more than 15 minutes outdoors (walking the dog, a quick jog or walk, walking to the shops, gardening, etc.), you must use sunscreen. Besides, the sun protection factor found in most cosmetics products is much lower than the maximum recommended SPF 30 or higher.

I use SPF50. I can stay out longer in the sun.

No sunscreen is built like The Hulk. The Hulk can take massive hits and pounding from its enemies and still stay powerful. Your sunscreen is not like him! The Hulk still needs to redeem himself, and like him, your skin needs a second application of sunscreen if you are outdoors fighting the sun.

The important thing is to never extend the amount of time you spend in the sun, and to reapply the sunscreen every two hours if you are out for an extended period.

I am allergic to all sunscreens.

When you think of sunscreen application, the sticky texture usually comes to mind. Some users may feel irritated by its texture and think might cause an allergic reaction.

Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are two naturally occurring minerals, which are commonly found in sunscreens to block rays. If you think you have sensitive skin, you can do a skin sensitivity test by applying the sunscreen on a spot under the neck and check if there are reactions.

I applied sunscreen to my arms, legs, chest, and back. That is sufficient to protect me.

It is advisable to apply sunscreen to many overlooked areas like your hands (fingers), feet (toes), including the back of your neck, ears and hairline. It is important to be fully protected from the sun.

I won’t get skin cancer as long as I use sunscreen.

A manufacturer can arm their sunscreen with the highest SPF rating, however, the sunscreen will never guarantee its ultimate protection. No sunscreen on the market offers 100% protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

When you go outdoor, it is crucial to wear loose protective clothing, sports clothing with UPF, sunglasses, and a hat. All these help to reduce exposure to the sun. Of course, being in the shade as much as possible instead of in the sun is ideal, especially between 10:00am to 4:00pm. And in everything that expires, it is highly recommended not to use an expired sunscreen product.

Why is sunscreen important?

1. Our skin is the largest organ in my body.

2. UVA damages our skin and causes premature aging and wrinkles.

3. UVA can cause gene mutation and has been known to be the cause of skin cancer.

4. UVA rays can pass through cloud and glass. Our skin will be exposed to UVA rays on a cloudy day and while driving and sitting by the window.

5. Sunscreen keeps our skin healthy against damages caused by UV rays.

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