TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: SUN-CARE EDITION
Not all SPFs are created equal. TRUTH.
When choosing sun protection, start by looking for the words broadspectrum on the label. “These sunscreens protect against both UVA rays, which cause premature aging; and UVB rays, which cause burns and can lead to cancer,” explains Deborah Sarnoff, a New York City dermatologist and president of the Skin Cancer Foundation. Next, pay attention to the SPF number. Doctors recommend wearing at least SPF 30 at all times.
Makeup with SPF is preferable. TRUTH.
Most people don’t use enough sunscreen or apply it unevenly, so an SPF- enhanced primer or foundation provides a solid secondary line of defense. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a nickel-size dollop of sunscreen on the face; over the entire body, use a full ounce (the amount that would fill a shot glass). Reapply every two hours, especially between the hours of 9 A.M. and 3 P.M. (when the sun is the strongest).
Sunscreen is dangerous. LIE.
Claims about sunscreen being absorbed in your bloodstream have circulated for years. And while research is always ongoing, “based on exhaustive studies and review, we know that UV- blocking ingredients like oxybenzone do not accumulate—the body excretes them, making significant buildup virtually impossible,” says Sarnoff. What’s more, there’s an unquestionable link between sun exposure and skin cancer, so lotion up with a broad-spectrum SPF. There are loads to choose from.