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With summer around the corner it’s time to get our sun safety facts in order asap! Team BCB recently sat down with Coppertone’s Dermatologist Partner, *Dr. Nava Greenfield, (@drnavagreenfield), to get the FACTS straight and weed out all the FICTION.
It is true that the higher SPFs will provide more protection from the UV rays of the sun, but not by as much as you might think. An SPF of 30 offers up to 97% protection while an SPF of 50 offers up to 98% protection. 98% is better than 97%, but past the 95% point you can assume you are getting the protection that sunscreen has to offer, and if you are looking for more protection, you may want to try other methods besides sunscreen.
Definitely a fact and Coppertone has products that offer both! UVA and UVB represent different wavelength spectrums of ultraviolet light and both those wavelength parameters cause damage to your skin. In fact, we are now learning that UVC and visible light can also cause damage, resulting in aging, to your skin and your skin may benefit from protection against other wavelengths of light as well
This is fiction. Although the likelihood and risk of developing a skin cancer is lower amongst darker skin tones, UV rays still cause aging and discoloration in those skin types. For that reason and others, it is recommended that all skin types protect their skin with sunscreen.
Fiction. Although sunscreen is an incredibly effective method of UV sun protection, it is only one piece of the puzzle. Other measures such as a wide brimmed hat, protection clothes, and sunglasses are also important parts of sun protection. I never leave home in the summertime without my hat!
This depends on how the covered parts are protected. If you have thick, UV protective clothes on, it may be redundant to apply sunscreen to those areas. But often when we are outdoors, what we wear changes throughout the day. I always apply sunscreen to some covered areas as well, knowing that I may take off a layer of clothes as the day gets hotter.
Fiction: Waterproof sunscreen is formulated to provide better protection when in the water or sweating, but there is no sunscreen that will be as effective after a long swim. No matter what you put on in the morning, you need to reapply it after you go swimming.
This is true. Their skin is so sensitive at that age and sunscreens are typically not tested on babies so young. It is better to protect them with shade, hats, and clothes. Although, once the baby does turn 6 months, I recommend using Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby Spray because it offers 100% mineral sun protection which is ideal for a babies’ gentle skin.
Fact. Everything with preservatives has a shelf life. The sunscreen may not be as effective after the expiration date and should not be used.
Fiction. The efficacy of sunscreen depends on the amount you use and how evenly you apply it. Whether it is in lotion or spray form matters less than the amount you apply to your skin, if you rub it in evenly and how often you reapply. If you like to stay active like me, try out the NEW Coppertone Sport Mineral Spray which offers 100% mineral sun protection that stays on strong through sweat, water, and heat.
Fiction. Even when the sky is overcast, the damaging UV rays still penetrate the clouds and hit your skin. Your skin needs protection from the sun every day- no matter the weather outside. The UV rays also travel through windows so wear protection when driving in cars and sitting at home typing on your computer in a room with windows!
*Dr. Nava Greenfield, M. is a dermatologist practicing at Schweiger Dermatology Group. She is a dedicated and detail-oriented dermatologist serving the community of Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Greenfield obtained her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Greenfield treats a range of conditions, and she is eager to help the wider community receive the care they deserve.
Stay tuned for more sun safety and be sure to tune in on Tuesday, May 18 for a special edition of Meet the Brands with Coppertone – live on Facebook!
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