As temperatures rise and the summer heat intensifies, so does our concern for maintaining healthy and radiant skin. Here we debunk some of the most common summer skincare myths and shed light on the truth behind them.
Whilst we all wish we had the type of skin that could pull off the ever-so-popular “no makeup-makeup” look – it can be all too easy to be lead astray in our quest for the perfect skin. Along with warmer weather comes a plethora of skincare myths that can leave us confused and misinformed.
With the abundance of information available online, it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction when it comes to skincare tips and advice. Keep reading to see common skincare myths debunked so you can confidently navigate through the summer months while keeping your skin looking healthy and beautiful.
Myth #1: You Don’t Need To Wear Sunscreen on Cloudy Days
One of the most pervasive and enduring myths is that sunscreen is only essential on bright, sunny days. Reality check: those harmful UV rays are sneaky little buggers! They can penetrate clouds and even glass, so forget thinking you are safe from harm. Cloudy skies won’t save you from potential skin damage even on the most overcast of days.
Whilst UVB rays, (responsible for sunburn) might be less intense, do not be fooled – those nasty UVA rays (the ones responsible for 98% of premature aging) are present all year-round. So, rain, hail or shine, if it’s not already, make sunscreen your year-round BFF and apply it like it’s your JOB. If you haven’t yet found one you gel with, make that your holiday mission – there are loads of both chemical and physical ones to choose from.
Myth #2: Higher SPF Equals Better Protection
There’s a misconception that a higher SPF number offers an impenetrable force field against the sun. But let’s get real – while a higher SPF offers more protection, it doesn’t make you invincible. In fact, the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 is marginal with 30 blocking about 97% of UVB rays and 50 blocking around 98%. The key is to reapply regularly and consistently, especially after swimming or sweating, rather than fixating solely on a higher SPF number.
Myth #3: Skipping Moisturiser prevents breakouts
Definitely not! Your skin still needs hydration, even in the heat. Contrary to popular belief, oily skin needs hydration just as much as any other skin type. Skipping moisturiser can lead to dehydration, prompting your skin to over-produce oil, potentially causing breakouts.
Instead, opt for lightweight, oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturisers to keep your skin balanced and nourished without clogging pores. Look for gel-based formulations as they provide the necessary moisture without the heavy, greasy feeling associated with thicker creams.
Myth #4: Makeup containing SPF is enough protection
Don’t skimp on sunscreen just because your foundation claims to have SPF. Whilst we love a multi-tasking product, relying solely on your foundation’s SPF is a cardinal sin. The amount applied is more often than not insufficient to reach the labelled SPF, and we don’t reapply foundation throughout the day. Prioritise a dedicated sunscreen underneath your makeup for comprehensive protection and for bonus points carry an SPF spray in your handbag to make reapplication a breeze when out and about!
Myth #5: A Base Tan Protects Your Skin
There is simply no such thing as a safe tan. There is also no scientific evidence supporting the notion that a base tan shields you from harmful UV rays. In fact, it may give you a false sense of security and lead to inadequate sun protection. Instead, embrace your natural skin tone and slather on that SPF for a golden glow minus the burn.
Myth #7: Sunscreen Is Only For Your Face
Your face isn’t the only area that needs protection. Neglecting sunscreen on your neck, chest, hands, and other exposed areas can lead to premature aging and sun damage. Extend the love and always be sure to apply to all sun-exposed regions for comprehensive coverage.
Myth #7: You Don’t Need to Exfoliate In Summer
Exfoliation is a year-round necessity. Not only does it help to remove dead skin cells, it also helps to unclog pores and enhance your product absorption. We love chemical exfoliants such as Lactic or Glycolic acid, both of which are great to implement into your routine.
Make sure not to overdo it – over-exfoliating can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier and cause irritation, redness, and dryness. Keeping to once or twice a week should keep your skin looking its best without causing irritation in the summer heat. Treatments with Hydro dermabarasion machines are also fantastic at keeping your skin looking fresh and glowing throughout the warmer months.
Myth #8: Dark Skin Doesn’t Need Sunscreen
No matter your skin type or tone – everyone benefits from sun protection. While darker skin has more natural melanin, providing some built-in protection, it doesn’t make you immune to sun damage. Apply sunscreen regularly to maintain your skin’s health and prevent hyperpigmentation.
Myth #9: Drinking More Water Prevents Sunburn
Think of your skin as a delicate flower in need of constant hydration, not a cactus that thrives on neglect. The sun and heat can sap your skin of moisture, leading to premature ageing. Staying hydrated is crucial, but guzzling water won’t shield you from sunburn. Hydration comes from within, but sun protection requires external measures. Drink water for overall health, but don’t skip the sunscreen.
Myth #10: Sun Damage Is Only External
Sun damage goes beyond surface-level concerns. Prolonged exposure can lead to premature aging, fine lines, wrinkles, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Prioritise sun protection not just for a radiant complexion but for your skin’s long-term health.
By debunking these common summer skincare myths, we hope to empower you with accurate information that will help you make informed decisions about looking after your skin. Remember that protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, maintaining proper hydration, and following a consistent skincare regimen are key factors in achieving healthy and glowing skin all year round. Embrace the truth behind these myths and enjoy the summer season with confidence while keeping your skin radiant and protected.