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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Age spots make you look older than wrinkles do

It's true. While wrinkles can of course make you look old, it's a fact that age spots can make you look even older. "Liver spots" (flat brown spots on the skin) don't really have anything to do with the liver. Instead, they're an almost universal sign of aging and sun exposure. They occur mainly on the hands, face and chest and tend to darken over time. has two great solutions for age spots. Our Phloretin Serum with Ferulic and Lipoic Acid works great on spots, especially during daytime sun exposure. And our Ultimate Serum is indeed the ultimate for a clear, even complexion and superbly healthy skin. Alpha Arbutin is one of its ingredients which inhibits tyrosinase and thus prevents the formation of melanin. It acts similarly to hydroquinone (in fact it's a "glycosylated hydroquinone" extracted from the bearberry plant) but it's a natural alternative without the side effects. It's also an expensive ingredient, but it's worth it.

While any of those three great products can significantly reduce or even eliminate age spots, the best prevention is to stay out of the sun and wear a physical sunscreen when you are in the sun. At least SPF 30.

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