Should You Stop Using Sunscreen In Winters: Common Myths About Sun Protection Busted

A common misconception that negates the effects of sunscreen is that applying it once a day is enough.

Deepak Jain, CEO and Founder, Lass Natural

Myth 1: If there is no sun, sunscreen can be avoided.

Fact: This is a constant misconception concerning the application of sunscreens. It is often believed that cloudy skies, less sunlight, or cold weather implies that sunscreen can be skipped for the day. This is not true as sunscreen shields the skin against the damaging ultraviolet rays, and clouds are not a block to obstruct the UV rays from entering the earth’s atmosphere and damaging the skin. Furthermore, UV exposure is not directly proportional to the sunlight present, and as long as the body is open to light, it is exposed to the damage caused by UV rays.

Myth 2: Only those with a fair complexion need sunscreen.

Fact: It is a common misconception that a high melanin proportion in the skin can naturally protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It is true to some measure. However, this protection does not include a broad spectrum of damage caused by the UV rays. Therefore, sunscreen must be applied by everyone, regardless of their skin complexion.

Myth 3: Sunscreen needs to be applied once a day.

Fact: A common misconception that negates the effects of sunscreen is that applying it once a day is enough. However, sunscreen needs to be reapplied at periodic intervals to ensure maximum skin protection. The number of applications can be determined by the amount of sunlight exposure and perspiration levels

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