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5 truths and myths about sunscreen

We all love the sun and we like to work on a glowing, bronzed body, laying on our backs and soaking in the sun for hours is no punishment. But your skin endures a lot because of this! Applying sunscreen seems like the simple solution, but the amount of misinformation circulating about proper sun protection is vast. How thick should it be applied? Do you even tan with SPF50? Can I still use last year’s sunscreen? And so on. We’ve gathered these 5 truths and myths about sunscreen, just in time before you head out into the sun.

We all love the sun and we like to work on a glowing, bronzed body, laying on our backs and soaking in the sun for hours is no punishment. But your skin endures a lot because of this! Applying sunscreen seems like the simple solution, but the amount of misinformation circulating about proper sun protection is vast. How thick should it be applied? Do you even tan with SPF50? Can I still use last year’s sunscreen? And so on. We’ve gathered these 5 truths and myths about sunscreen, just in time before you head out into the sun.

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1. Applying sunscreen once a day is enough

Myth: Dermatologists say you should re-apply sunscreen at least every two hours, especially when you’re at the beach or outside for extended periods of time. Besides, you should always reapply after swimming, heavy perspiration or towelling off - yes, even if the bottle says 'water-resistant'. Because despite of the addition of water-resistant ingredients, even a water-resistant sunscreen will wear off over time - just like any other sunscreen.

1. Applying sunscreen once a day is enough

Myth: Dermatologists say you should re-apply sunscreen at least every two hours, especially when you’re at the beach or outside for extended periods of time. Besides, you should always reapply after swimming, heavy perspiration or towelling off - yes, even if the bottle says 'water-resistant'. Because despite of the addition of water-resistant ingredients, even a water-resistant sunscreen will wear off over time - just like any other sunscreen.

2. With SPF50 I don’t get tanned as quickly

Truth: While sun creams block many damaging skin-burning rays, they’re not as great at filtering out the milder rays, that penetrate deeper into the skin. Despite of sunlight reaching pigment cells slower, SPF50 still tans as much, but in a more gradual, even and responsible way which makes your tan last much longer.

2. With SPF50 I don’t get tanned as quickly

Truth: While sun creams block many damaging skin-burning rays, they’re not as great at filtering out the milder rays, that penetrate deeper into the skin. Despite of sunlight reaching pigment cells slower, SPF50 still tans as much, but in a more gradual, even and responsible way which makes your tan last much longer.

3. Sunscreen has no expiration date

Myth: Sunscreen can be used for up to 12 months after opening. When it comes to sun creams it's important not to ignore this advice. After the packaging has been opened or comes into contact with high temperatures, the active ingredients begin to decompose, and can become inactive and ineffective. Therefore, keep sunscreen closed in the shadow and at home, store at room temperature and never in a warm car or full sun.

3. Sunscreen has no expiration date

Myth: Sunscreen can be used for up to 12 months after opening. When it comes to sun creams it's important not to ignore this advice. After the packaging has been opened or comes into contact with high temperatures, the active ingredients begin to decompose, and can become inactive and ineffective. Therefore, keep sunscreen closed in the shadow and at home, store at room temperature and never in a warm car or full sun.

4. The thicker I apply, the better I am protected

Truth: Apply too little, and you won’t be protected from those powerful rays. So, experts recommend using a minimum of seven teaspoons for the entire body. For your face and neck 1 teaspoon is recommended. For your arms and shoulders you should use about 2 teaspoons, which also applies for your chest, stomach and back combined, and your legs and feet also need that same amount.


Remember: The more, the merrier, when it comes to sun protection. So when in doubt, add more.

4. The thicker I apply, the better I am protected

Truth: Apply too little, and you won’t be protected from those powerful rays. So, experts recommend using a minimum of seven teaspoons for the entire body. For your face and neck 1 teaspoon is recommended. For your arms and shoulders you should use about 2 teaspoons, which also applies for your chest, stomach and back combined, and your legs and feet also need that same amount.


Remember: The more, the merrier, when it comes to sun protection.

So when in doubt, add more.

5. If my day cream contains SPF15, I don’t need a high factor sunscreen

Myth: No, sunscreens don't add up. Your protection is only as strong as the highest factor you use. So, a day cream with SPF20 and a foundation with SPF10 combined, do not make a factor of 30. You are then protected by a factor of 20. Are you planning on heading out into the sun? Then use a minimum of SPF30.

5. If my day cream contains

SPF15, I don’t need a high factor sunscreen

Myth: No, sunscreens don't add up. Your protection is only as strong as the highest factor you use. So, a day cream with SPF20 and a foundation with SPF10 combined, do not make a factor of 30. You are then protected by a factor of 20. Are you planning on heading out into the sun? Then use a minimum of SPF30.

Tip: Nowadays you have setting sprays with SPF that you can apply over your make-up to stay protected from the sun during the entire day while keeping your make-up in place.

Curious about all sunscreen products? View our entire selection here. Or would you rather discover our selection of sun care products consisting of self-tanners and sunscreen products? Then click here.


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