4 Myths About Sunscreen Today

We dug up 4 of today's top sunscreen myths and asked Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Oliver Wisco to weigh in on each and give it to us straight! 

Dermatologist & Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Oliver Wisco

Sunscreen Myth #1 - I use makeup that has sunscreen in it so I'm all set
Many makeups that include sunscreens may not include 30 or higher SPF and lack broad spectrum coverage. Additionally, the appropriate amount of sunscreen recommended for your face may be too much makeup for some to wear.

Straight Talk: It's recommended you use your makeup that includes sunscreen as added protection on top of your sunscreen protection base.

Sunscreen Myth #2 - It's okay to tan a little then apply sunscreen
Tanned skin is damaged skin regardless of whether you think it's a little tan or very tan. When your skin darkens it's because the UV rays have damaged your skin's DNA which is not a good thing.

Straight Talk: It's best to always wear sunscreen when you’re in the sun. Covering up your skin is still truly the best defense against sun exposure.


Sunscreen Myth #3 - Covering and protecting my face from the sun is most important
While it's important to cover and protect your face, it's just as important to cover up your entire body. Skin cancer can happen anywhere on your body, between your toes, on your back or scalp, anywhere you have skin is at risk.

Straight Talk: All parts of your body and skin are at risk for skin damage. Use sunscreen on all exposed skin.

Sunscreen Myth #4 - DIY homemade sunscreen is the healthiest
Making your own sunscreen is not recommended by most dermatologist because making a sunscreen isn't as simple as mixing some ingredients together.

Sunscreen production requires rigorous testing to ensure the formula is stable and effective. At home recipes have a lot of room for error and really aren’t worth the risk of damaging your skin despite all your efforts to make and wear the homemade sunscreen. Additionally, several “natural” products have caused significant rashes either because they cause a skin allergy or significant irritation.

Straight Talk: It's best to stick with an FDA regulated sunscreen formula to ensure you receive effective and safe protection.