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Busting SPF Myths

MYTH #1: There’s no point wearing sunscreen inside.

FACT #1: UVA still penetrates through glass windows to reach indoors.

UVA light penetrates right through window glass. If you're spending all day in a room with a significant amount of sunlight streaming through, you will be receiving a similar amount of UVA rays as when you’re outdoors. That’s where a good SPF comes in. But most sunscreens don’t provide sufficient protection. This is why you should try looking for a sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection.

Resting Beach Face SPF30 Sunscreen Serum is a great example of an everyday broad-spectrum SPF30 face sunscreen that protects you from UVA and UVB rays. With hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin, and super greens like spinach and green tea, this SPF even nourishes your skin beyond what a regular sunscreen does. In fact, this sunscreen serum protects against free radicals and environmental aggressors. Green tea is not just good for your insides. It has polyphenols and catechins that fight DNA damage from UV rays, treat inflammation and support skin. Plus, spinach is packed with vitamins A, C and E to strengthen the skin’s natural defence. 

MYTH #2: The higher the SPF value, the better. 

FACT #2: It’s safer to use sunscreens with a SPF factor ranging between SPF 15 and SPF 50+.
A higher SPF number doesn’t automatically mean it’s a superior sunscreen. In fact, any SPF higher than SPF 50 does NOT make your skin more protected from the sun. Recently, in 2019, the FDA proposed a cap of SPF 60+ to limit the sun protection factor (SPF) values to 60 and also require increased UVA protection. 

A sunscreen’s SPF number (short for sun protection factor) refers mainly to the amount of UVB protection it provides. SPF is measured numerically. Our Oh My Bod! SPF50 Body Sunscreen has an SPF of 50 - this communicates that 1/50 of UV rays will reach your skin.  

The problem is that many high SPF sunscreens mislead customers with the claims listed on the packaging. This leads to a false sense of security, and many people are more likely to use high-SPF products improperly and expose themselves to more harmful ultraviolet radiation than those people who rely on products with lower SPF values.

MYTH #3: I’m really tanned or have darker skin, I don’t need sunscreen everyday.

FACT #3: Everyone needs to wear SPF to protect them from skin cancer.
Did you know that a tan gives you protection of approximately SPF4 sunscreen? The truth is, anyone, no matter how dark, can get sunburnt and skin cancer. 

Sometimes we worry about wearing sunscreen every day for fear of blocking our pores and causing breakouts. If you’re concerned, something like the Rosé S'il Vous Plait SPF30 Gentle Mineral Sunscreen  is extremely gentle and designed for sensitive skin. It’s fragrance-free, plus it's non-comedogenic, meaning it can’t clog your pores. No excuses, my tanned-ones!

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