Sunscreen Day: Myths and Truths About Sunscreen You Should Know

Think you know sunscreen? In honor of Sunscreen Day on May 27th, we're dispelling myths and stating facts about something you should be wearing every day - or should you? 🤔 

True or False: Get a base tan and you're protected.

False! Although a base tan such as in a tanning salon may offer some minimal sun protection due to production of melanin in your skin, it is the equivalent of wearing an SPF of 4. For maximum benefits, protect your skin with an SPF of at least 30.

True or False: Mineral sunscreens are healthier than chemical sunscreens.

True! While any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen, chemical sunscreens have an increasing number of contraindications, including hormone disruption and carcinogens. Lookout for and avoid ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, and avobenzone. Instead, use mineral sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. The latter has a slightly wider range of protection and is present in DEFEND SPF 30 Daily Sunscreen Serum

True or False: Applying sunscreen every two hours is often enough.

Nope! Sweating, swimming and toweling off will make your SPF wear off faster. Reapply often, especially after a dip in the pool or ocean.

True or False: Sunscreen can expire.

True. Check your tube of sunscreen for the expiration date. When sunscreen ages, the performance ingredients won’t work as well as a fresh batch since chemical formulas can lose potency and change over time, especially when they’ve been exposed to heat and sunlight. If your block is older than a year old, it’s probably time to purchase a new one – and to use more product! You shouldn’t have much left once the season is over.

True or False: Always wear sunscreen, even when it is cloudy.

True! Even if the sun isn’t visible, the danger of UVA and UVB rays is still present, with up to 80% of the UV rays penetrating your skin. Some of the worst burns happen on cloudy days so always pack the sunblock.

True or False: It is best to wait until you get to the beach to apply SPF.

False. Ideally, you should put on your sunblock a solid 30 minutes prior to exposure to the sun. This way, your skin receives the most benefits and protection. The important thing is to use it so if sunblock slips your mind, just apply it as soon as you remember. But aim for a half hour before you go outside whenever possible.

DEFEND Daily Sunscreen Serum + Hyaluronic Acid Serum makes it easy to add sunscreen to your daily skin care routine.

MOOD's commitment to clean, effective and efficient skin care is most evident in this hydrating serum that offers protection against blue light (HEV) and UV rays, while deeply hydrating and nourishing skin. 

One of the typical drawbacks of using a mineral sunscreen is that it can leave a white cast. However, DEFEND was formulated to go on clear while providing longer-lasting protection due to its inclusion of blueberry seed oil. Like any sunscreen, DEFEND should be reapplied after being in the water or wiping with a towel.

What makes DEFEND different is that it repairs and hydrates while offering SPF 30 protection for your skin. It contains triple-weight hyaluronic acid which hydrates multiple layers of skin, while Vitamin C detoxes cells by neutralizing free radicals, and Niacinamide regulates sebum (oil) production.

Celebrate Sunscreen Day on May 27th by sharing these facts with your friends and family, and save on DEFEND Daily Sunscreen Serum!

*These statements are found to be accurate as of the time this blog is published.

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