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5 SPF Myths

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Summer has arrived and I don’t know about you but my skin is itching for some vitamin D! Temperatures in Palm Springs this weekend are hitting 100 degrees fahrenheit which, I’m not going to lie, makes me all sorts of excited. I’ve always been a fan of the sun and I admit that in my younger years I would soak for hours sans SPF {I know, I know}. My naive, young mind truly believed that I wouldn’t get a tan if I piled on sunscreen. I believed a lot of silly myths prior to educating myself with which is why I thought it’d be a good idea to share a few in this post.

My current favorite product to protect myself from sun damage is Supergoop! If you follow me on social media closely, you’ve probably seen their products pop up dozens of times and there’s a reason. I love the colorful branding and amazingly vast variety of ways they encourage people to use sunscreen. From a mousse, to mists and lip balms with SPF, there’s no reason under the sun that you should be heading out without sunscreen.

Don’t be the girl kicking yourself for not wearing SPF in your younger years because you believed one of these silly myths!

1. Waterproof sunscreen doesn’t need to be reapplied after you’re in the water.

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It is illegal to call a sunscreen waterproof because it implies that no matter how long you're in the water, you’re protected, which isn’t true. New labeling states something is water-resistant and will list the time in the water you’ll be protected for (usually 40 or 80 minutes).

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2. If you don’t bask in the sun, you don’t need sunscreen.

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We are exposed to rays while driving in our car, walking around, gardening, biking, etc. and protecting our skin during these times is equally important as when we lay out.

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3. You don’t need sunscreen if it’s in your make-up.

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It is recommended to apply a sunscreen under makeup every morning because it must adhere to skin in order to provide the best possible protection.

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4. The higher the SPF, the better.

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SPF means sun protection factor, and the number stands for how long you should be able to hang out in the sun before you burn compared to if you weren't wearing any protection. So if you've got on SPF 15, you should be able to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you would without any sunscreen on at all.

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5. Last Year’s Bottle is No Good

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Depends. The shelf life of sunscreen is three years. If your bottle doesn't have an expiration date, sharpie the date you open it on the bottle. But honestly, if you apply enough, you should never have a bottle last this long.

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