Here is a video by that shows the importance of sunscreen and what they looked like under ultraviolet light.
Here is CoValence’s DNA Prime Natural SPF 45 white paper… As you can see below from the before and after pictures, under ultra-violet lights, the skin becomes darker (visible only under ultra-violet lights) as soon as the DNA Prime (Natural SPF 45) is applied to skin, which shows how DNA Prime truly helps to protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays and demonstrates how vital it is to where DNA Prime every day. An added skincare bonus…after applying DNA Prime a more flawless complexion is created due to DNA Prime’s ability to cover up a wide array of skin imperfections.
DNA Prime (Natural SPF 45); Pictures taken under ultra-violet lighting with the VISIA CR® Imaging System:
Here are some common myths about sunscreen.
Myth: Darker skin doesn’t burn, so I don’t need sunscreen.
Fact: All complexions can burn. A dark-skinned African-American doesn’t need as high of an SPF as someone who is light skinned because she has more melanin in her skin for natural protection. However, that extra melanin does not guard against the UV damage that accelerates aging or causes cancer.
Myth: It’s cloudy; I don’t need to worry about sunscreen.
Fact: Up to 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can pass through the clouds. In addition, sand reflects 25% of the sun’s rays and snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays.
Myth: I have SPF in my makeup, which should be enough.
Fact: Some women may rely on sunscreen in their makeup. But you may need more than that. If you use foundation, a few spots of sunscreen on your face isn’t going to be enough out in the sun. You should wear at least an SPF of 30. Use a facial moisturizer that already has sunscreen in it. It’s fine to have sunscreen in your make-up, but it should be considered an extra layer, not your only protection.
Myth: I can’t wear sunscreen because I have sensitive skin.
Fact: You can try ones marked ‘sensitive skin,’ which often are the ones that have a physical blocker which use titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. People with sensitive skin tend to do better with the physical blockers verses chemical.
Myth: My old bottles of sunscreen last forever.
Fact: Sunscreen loses some of its effectiveness after one year, and is mostly ineffective after three years. Have leftover tubes of sunscreen from last summer? Unless they have an expiration date, get rid of them.
Myth: Applying sunscreen once per day is enough.
Fact: Sunscreen should be applied every two hours if you’re swimming or sweating a lot. Even so-called “water-resistant” sunscreens may lose their effectiveness after 40 minutes in the water.
Myth: A little dab of sunscreen works just as well as a lot.
Fact: The recommended amount to apply is two ounces, or a shot glass full in each hand. Make sure to apply it to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors to allow it time to be absorbed into the skin.
Myth: Higher number SPF sunscreens better than SPF 30 sunscreens.
Fact: Ultra-high SPF claims are mostly marketing gimmicks; they don’t provide a significant amount of additional protection. SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 97% of UVB rays, which is enough for most situations.
Myth: Sunscreens protect against the sun’s two types of radiation: UVA and UVB.
Fact: Usually not. Manufacturers commonly make inaccurate claims about UVA protection, since the SPF rating only applies to UVB protection. Look for products that contain avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide for adequate UVA protection.
Myth: I need Vitamin D that only the sun can provide.
Fact: One reason many people say they don’t use sunscreen is the fear of blocking vitamin D in the body. However, concerned individuals can boost their vitamin D production by eating a diet rich in fish, fortified milk, and eggs. If vitamin D is a concern for you taking daily supplements is much healthier than getting it from the sun.
Need to learn more? Here is a great video by ByteSize Science on the “Chemistry of Sunscreen’
- There is no such thing as a safe tan.
- A tan is your body’s response to being injured by UV exposure.
- Sun is the greatest threat to your skin’s health and youth.
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