SPF Myths Debunked: Get the Facts About Sun Protection

Debunk common myths about SPF and sunscreen, learn the importance of daily sunscreen application, and discover how it helps prevent skin cancer, premature ageing, sunburn, and hyperpigmentation.

Whether you’re hiking up a mountain, spending a day at the beach, or just running errands, protecting your skin from the sun's harsh rays is essential. However, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding SPF (Sun Protection Factor) that can lead to inadequate protection and increased risk of skin damage. Let's debunk some of these myths and set the record straight.

What is SPF?

Before we tackle the myths, it's important to understand what SPF actually is. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It's a measure of how well a sunscreen can protect your skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn and contributes to skin cancer. For example, if you use an SPF 30 sunscreen, it theoretically takes 30 times longer for your skin to burn than if you were not wearing any sunscreen.


Myth 1: Higher SPF Means Better Protection

The Truth

This is one of the most common myths. While it’s true that higher SPF provides more protection, the difference isn't as substantial as you might think. SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks about 98%. No sunscreen can block 100% of UVB rays. Therefore, an SPF 30 can offer adequate protection if applied correctly.


Rather than focusing solely on the SPF number, ensure you're applying enough sunscreen and reapplying it every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.

Myth 2: You Don't Need Sunscreen on Cloudy Days

The Truth

Up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate through clouds and cause skin damage. Even on overcast days, your skin is still exposed to harmful UV radiation.


Make sunscreen application a daily habit, regardless of the weather conditions. Seriously.

Myth 3: People With Darker Skin Tones Don’t Need Sunscreen

The Truth

While it's true that darker skin has more melanin, which provides some natural protection against UV radiation, it does not make you immune to sun damage or skin cancer. People with darker skin tones can still suffer from sunburn, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer.


Everyone, regardless of skin tone, should use sunscreen to protect against the harmful effects of the sun.

Myth 4: Sunscreen is Only Needed for Specific Activities

The Truth

Many people believe that sunscreen is only necessary for activities like swimming, hiking, or spending a long day outdoors. However, UV exposure can happen during everyday activities such as driving, walking the dog, or even sitting by a window.


Make sunscreen a part of your daily skincare routine, irrespective of your planned activities.

Myth 5: One Application of Sunscreen Lasts All Day

The Truth

No sunscreen, regardless of its SPF, lasts all day. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, or immediately after swimming, sweating, or towel drying.


Always carry a travel-sized sunscreen for easy reapplication throughout the day.

Myth 6: Natural SPF from Oils is Sufficient

The Truth

While some natural oils like coconut oil and olive oil do offer a tiny amount of sun protection (SPF 1-7), they are not sufficient to protect against harmful UV rays. Relying solely on these oils can result in severe sunburn and long-term skin damage.


Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 for adequate protection.

The Benefits of Using Sunscreen

Now that we've debunked some common myths, let's look at the benefits of using sunscreen:

Prevents Skin Cancer

Regular use of sunscreen significantly reduces the risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Prevents Premature Ageing

UV radiation accelerates skin ageing, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Sunscreen helps maintain a youthful appearance by protecting your skin from these harmful rays.

Prevents Sunburn

Sunburn is not just painful but can also cause long-term damage to the skin. Sunscreen helps prevent sunburn by blocking harmful UV rays.

Prevents Hyperpigmentation

Using sunscreen can help prevent dark spots and uneven skin tone, which are often caused by prolonged sun exposure.

SPF All Day, Every Day

Sun protection is crucial for everyone, regardless of skin type, weather conditions, or activity level. By debunking these common myths, we hope you are better informed and can make smarter choices when it comes to protecting your skin.

Make sunscreen a staple in your daily routine and enjoy the outdoors safely. Check out our SPF 30 Moisturiser and Protective Moisturiser with SPF 15.

Stay safe and sun-smart!