Does self-tanner protect against sunburn, resulting pigmentation spots from perfume, rather light clothing in heat than dark? As soon as the temperatures rise, all sorts of beauty myths circulate again. But do they really agree? Koid.NET has taken a close look at five.


1. Self-tanner protects against sunburn

Unfortunately not. Self-tanners only provide a desired summer tan in which they darken the skin surface. This is ensured by a color reaction that takes place between the synthetic sugar contained in the sun tan and the proteins in the upper layer of the skin. This pigmentation lasts only about three to four days and can be equated with a superficial foundation layer. They are not protection from the sun. Therefore, despite fake tan you should under no circumstances do without sunscreen.


2. Perfume causes pigmentation in the sun

Sorry to all perfume fans, but pigmentation can actually be caused by certain ingredients that make the skin light-sensitive to sunlight. Cause include essential oils such as bergamot or sandalwood oil. Although the brown spots pose no health risk. Nevertheless, it is an unpleasant surprise for the person affected. If you do not want to go without perfume, you can spray the scents on your clothes and hair.


3. Sunscreen with high sun protection factor prevents summer tan

Not really. Even with a strong sunscreen you can be brown. UVB radiation rebuilds pigments as a natural sunscreen. If you take off too much, you get sunburned – and that often goes faster than you think. Sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or even 50 (+) should be mandatory at the beginning of the summer to protect the skin from damage. Due to the high sun protection factor, the tanning process is slower, but is gentler and healthier than the use of sunscreen with lower SPF.


4. Light heat garments are best

White reflects the sunlight while black absorbs it. That’s what it’s called anyway. Nevertheless, this statement is wrong. The reason: Fabric behaves differently than metal. The infrared radiation of the sun allows the warmth of light fabrics to pass even better. Dark clothing, on the other hand, reflects the amount of dangerous UV radiation and thus protects against possible sunburns with a sun protection factor of 20 or more. It is not without reason that the Bedouins living in the desert wear only black.


5. Foundation on hot days is bad for the skin

Not directly. Almost every foundation contains silicones and mineral oils. The heat on summer days makes pores easier to open and absorbs pollutants like these especially well. This not only leads to blockages of the sebaceous glands, but also to a loss of elasticity, as the skin is prevented by an additional barrier from absorbing oxygen. Less is more: a lightly toned day cream is the ideal base in summer. It cares, has only slight color pigments and the beautiful summer glow gets through even better.