The Biggest Myths About Sunscreen

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Is makeup a reliable way to get good sun protection? Do you need to go out in the sun to get your vitamin D? We asked the experts for the top myths when it comes to sunscreen.

Myth #1: You don't need to apply extra SPF if your makeup has it.
“Sunscreens don’t work if you rely on your makeup or moisturizers,” says says Las Vegas plastic surgeon Goesel Anson, MD. “The majority of users significantly underestimate their protection.”

Myth #2: You need to go out in the sun to get your vitamin D.
“The sun does provide vitamin D, but most people, when out in the sun, overdo it,” says New York dermatologist Michael Shapiro, MD. “You can obtain vitamin D from vitamins and supplements to meet your daily requirements.”

Myth #3: A higher SPF equals more protection.
Regardless of the number, there is no sunscreen that can protect 100 percent of the sun’s rays (an SPF of 30 protects 97 percent). Also, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), lower-number SPFs last the same amount of time as higher ones.

Myth #4: Darker skin tones are immune to skin cancer.
Darker skin is not immune to skin cancer, and because of this belief, many non-Caucasians are diagnosed with later, harder-to-treat stages of the disease.

Myth #5: The ingredients in sunscreens can put your health at risk.
The ingredients in sunscreens get a lot of scrutiny, but the AAD stands by this one: Scientific evidence supports the benefits of using sunscreen to minimize short-term and long-term skin damage. Preventing skin cancer and sunburn outweigh unproven claims of toxicity or human health hazard from ingredients in sunscreens.

While we don't sell sunscreens (here's why), we do recommend a good broad spectrum + physical sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.


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SAN FRANCISCO, MARCH 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –, a trusted brand in hair & skin rejuvenation products, announces RevivScalp Rejuvenating Scalp Serum Masque.

RevivScalp™ is the first product of its kind to include award-winning AnaGain™ from Mibelle Biochemistry AG in Switzerland. AnaGain won Beyond Beauty Lab’s Advanced Ingredient Award at its annual global showcase for personal care ingredients last September.

Designed for men and women, RevivScalp addresses thinning hair, scalp itching and irritation. Anti-inflammatory and gently exfoliating, it also encourages blood circulation and a healthy supply of oxygen to the scalp. It adds volume and strength to hair, and helps fine, thin hair look and feel like full, thick hair.

A three-month clinical study showed that AnaGain increased the density of anagen hair by about 8% and reduced the density of telogen hair by 28%. The proportion of active follicles from 4 to 7.2 indicates a strong hair-regrowing effect.

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Anageline™ shows a significant inhibiting effect (-18%) on the activity of 5-alpha reductase II, an enzyme responsible for follicle miniaturization.

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