Daylight Saving (your skin)

Daylight Savings is one of my favorite times of year. More sunlight makes the days seem brighter and longer, and quite literally serves as the light at the end of the (long, dark, Ohio-winter) tunnel. However, our clocks aren't the only things that need to be adjusted this time of year- your skin care routine needs an update too.

As we spring forward to more daylight, warmer weather, and more outdoor activities, I want to take the time to bust some of the most popular SPF myths.

*SPF = "Sun Protection Factor*

a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin from harmful radiation (UVA/UVB) that damages the skin

  1. You only need SPF when the sun is out: false. While, Ultraviolet rays are more powerful on sunny days, they are still present and can cause damage on the cloudy ones too.

  2. Darker skin tones don't need SPF: false. While deeper skin tones do offer more protection, all skin types are susceptible to sun damage.

  3. My foundation/moisturizer has SPF, so I'm good: false. Because the main goal of these products is not to protect from the sun, they are not as strong as an actual sunscreen. You may be able to get away with this during the winter, but it's recommended to apply an actual sunscreen before foundation in the summer.

  4. You can't get tan while wearing SPF: false. According to Elizabeth Rilatt, blogger for, Sunscreen protects the skin from the harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun – therefore, prolonging the time a person can spend outside without getting burnt. You can, however, tan while wearing sunscreen. For instance, if your skin would usually take ten minutes to show signs of burning, an SPF 50 would extend this by 50 times. Sunscreen only extends the length of time until burning takes place but will not affect how deeply a person will tan or how long it will take to show a tan.

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