It’s June and it’s hard to catch a glimpse of the sun, as it’s hidden away behind rain clouds. So why should sunscreen still matter?
With PAG-ASA officially declaring the start of wet season, it’s time to go beyond skin-deep and debunk the biggest myths about sunscreen.
“SUNSCREEN IS UNNECESSARY DURING RAINY SEASON”
The most common misconception about sunscreens is the thought that it’s only relevant during summer. The truth is, despite the absence of heat, the body is still exposed to ultraviolet UV rays when it’s exposed to the light from the sun. In fact, sunburn is caused by UV radiation, which is not in any way related to temperature. Experts even encourage applying sunscreen on a daily basis, for the clouds, as cover, will never do the trick.
PEOPLE WITH DARK COMPLEXION DON’T NEED SUNSCREEN
While it is true that people with darker skin color have more melanin—a pigment found in the cells of the outer layer of the skin that diffuses UV rays—it doesn’t guarantee that they are immune. Spending long hours in the sun unprotected still makes you susceptible to sun’s damaging effects, regardless of whether you are tanned or naturally have dark skin.
NO NEED FOR SUNSCREEN BECAUSE TANNING IS PROTECTING
Staying indoors due to inclement weather, you are most likely about to bid goodbye to the tan lines you intentionally got from your summer escapades, all while assuming that your skin was unharmed. Well, you got it all wrong. Experts say: There. Is. Never. A. Safe. Tan. Scientifically speaking, a tan is the body’s response when it gets afflicted by UV rays. Therefore, tan is an indication that damage is already done, not a sign of protection from the sun’s harmful effects.
SKIN CANCER IS NOT FATAL
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, and being common doesn’t make it less of a serious disease. Skin cancer remains a cancer, and the abnormal growth of cells tends to invade the affected tissues of the body, eventually destroying larger portions of the skin—our largest organ. Dermatologists also say that melanoma, a major classification of skin cancer, is among the deadliest cancers of all.
SUNSCREEN IS NOT FOR MEN, BECAUSE SKIN CARE IS GENERALLY NOT FOR MEN
If there’s a message that skincare professionals would like to tell all the men in the world, it would probably be this: skin care is not gender-based. It is for men as much as it is for women. Though many skincare lines cater mostly to the ladies, the least that the gents can do to keep their skin healthy aside from washing is to regularly apply sunscreen.
Lucky for us, there’s a new sunblock that does its job in various conditions. Banana Boat’s Dry Balance was launched at Pico de Loro beach, in Nasugbu last April, and guests got to test the product’s claimed long-lasting protection, come sun or water, by absorbing excess moisture from the skin. That means having a shield in summer and rain against the UVB and UVA rays (which, news flash: both penetrate through the clouds anyway), sans the greasy, sticky feel. What a win for skin!