Sunscreen is our great ally of the summer and it is essential coupled with good sunglasses and a nice hat. People are more and more educated on the issue of solar damage and are less tempted to do without it, but misconceptions persist! Here are some myths that must be permanently forgotten to prevent more and more the harmful effects of the sun.


Myth 1: You can not catch a sunburn if there are clouds, shadows or water.

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This belief is as false as it is dangerous! These elements do not stop UV rays and because of the cool effect they provide, we are even less wary and therefore we expose ourselves even longer, which is very detrimental to the skin.

Myth 2: I can have a sunburn even hidden behind a window.

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In fact, glass can stop the UVB that is causing it! On the other hand the UVA continue to pass and it is they which are at the origin of the aging of the skin. In addition, it does not prevent skin cancer.

Myth 3: Fortunately, my sunburn will turn into a tan.

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If you tan without sunburn, the tan will be more durable and more beautiful! In fact, the sunburn burns the skin and creates a pigmentation that will disappear very quickly when the skin will flake. Note that if your skin peels, you must avoid erasing it to refine it and protect it and moisturize even more as it is even thinner.

Myth 4: To risk nothing, just choose a high index.

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Admittedly, the high index is a good source of protection, but it must be applied! This means not only applying the right dose (the equivalent of a ping-pong ball for an adult), but also after a lot of perspiration or bathing. Also note that after two hours on the skin, the protection is no longer effective. We must therefore think of renewing it.

Ideas received 5: The makeup protects me from the sun.

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Makeup products do not protect you from UV light at all even if they include sun protection. Sun protection in makeup is only a marketing argument, because to take advantage of the protective effects of your foundation for example, it should apply at least 1 ml on the face … a huge amount that would easily cover several faces! Proof of this is with professional makeup artist Wayne Goss who explains it in one of these videos by applying the evoked foundation layer … Ripolin effect guaranteed! In addition, these products are rarely re-applied during the day while sunscreen reapplies every two hours.

Myth 6: I still have sunscreen from last summer, I can use it without fear.

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Even if the bottle indicates that you can keep the cream for 12 months, sunscreen can never be used for more than six months if you want to be sure that sunscreens will always be effective. With time and heat, the product deteriorates very quickly. To avoid spoiling, you can easily recycle!

Myth 7: I have matte skin or I'm tanned, so I do not risk anything!

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Matte skins are not immune to sun damage even if they need stronger radiation and longer exposure than for fair skin to feel the effects and get sunburn. In addition, tanning protects only slightly UV, but since people do not know, they pay less attention at the end of the holidays, which is why they often catch sunburn when the holidays arrive at their home. term. For the same reasons, we must definitely stop believing that UV protection from the sun is completely wrong and dangerous for the skin!

Myth 8: If the sunburn is not seen, it does not matter.

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First of all, a sunburn can sometimes become visible after a few hours and even if you do not see it right away, the characteristic sensation of warmth is right there! And even if the sunburn is not seen or little, it remains a burn of the epidermis with all the associated harmful effects and damage on the dermis that last much later. In addition, over time, the ability of the skin to repair itself against UV depletes, leaving room for precancerous lesions and melanomas.

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