Check out this Video from Consumer Reports regarding common myths and tips for using Sunscreen.
Myth #1: Spray sunscreens provide the best coverage.
- Truth: Both spray and lotion sunscreens work equally well. However, it is more difficult to apply spray evenly which could lead to less protection.
- Tip: Spray sunscreens are flammable. Make sure to let it dry before going near open flames.
Myth #2: Kids need a special formula of sunscreen.
- Truth: The same active ingredients are used in all types of sunscreen.
- Tip: Use the same sunscreen for your whole family.
Myth #3: You only need a little sunscreen.
- Truth: Most people use half the sunscreen they really need. Half the sunscreen means 1/2 the SPF protection.
- Tip: Time matters too. Be sure to allow 15-30 minutes after applying before going into the sun.
Myth #4: Sunscreens always deliver the SPF written on the bottle.
- Truth: Consumer Reports studies indicate only 2 in 20 were as effective as advertised.
- Tip: Also use hats, clothing, and shade to supplement your sun protection.
Myth #5: Higher SPF sunscreens are always better.
- Truth: The difference between an SPF 50 and SPF 100 is only 1%.
- Tip: No sunscreen is 100% effective. Reapply every 2 hours, and monitor your sun exposure.