4 Most Common Excuses for Not Wearing Sunscreen

Posted July 6th, 2016 | Written by

Did you know that 52% of all women rate themselves a grade C or lower in their sun care habits? So if many of us know how poorly we’re doing at protecting ourselves, why do we continue to leave our skin vulnerable? The problem lies in the pore-clogging and sticky, chemical sunscreen formulas we’re used to, and wide-spread misinformation about how to properly protect your skin. We’ve compiled the top four most common excuses for not wearing sunscreen, along with our reasons why they’re no longer grounds for going unprotected.

1 – Sunscreen Makes Me Break Out

If you’re one of the many people who suffer or have suffered from acne breakouts, you know that you don’t allow anything oily or greasy within an arm’s length of your face. When given the “would you rather?” question between acne or a sunburn, sadly many would choose the latter. With Colorescience® sunscreens you don’t have to make this impossible choice. This month we’re launching a new whipped sunscreen, Colorescience® Daily UV Protector™, that includes a light-as-air, non-greasy, tinted formula that won’t clog your pores or cause acne breakouts. When paired with our Brush-On Sunscreen powder, you’re protected throughout the day, without excuses.

Daily UV Protector SPF on Arm

“Patients who end up at a dermatologist’s office often have sort of problematic skin. I’ve found that people hide behind their makeup. It was a cover-up or camouflage. Most makeup is going to hurt someone’s acne. I love Colorescience products because they don’t add fillers or things that are going to inflame the skin more, they add things that are going to help the skin,” says Dr. Elizabeth Arthur, MD.

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(photo by @westcoastperceptions)

2 – Sunscreen Irritates My Eyes

Traditional liquid, chemical sunscreens can run into your eyes due to heat. What could be more frustrating than to be having the time of your life playing beach volleyball or hiking on a gorgeous mountain trail, and suddenly feeling your eyes on fire? With our water resistant, physical sunscreen formulas, containing Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, you won’t have to worry about being blinded by your sunscreen.

“Colorescience is amazing for kids. It doesn’t get into their eyes. It’s very easy to apply and they like it,” says Jamie Comstock, PA-C, Gawley Plastic Surgery.

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(photo by @erinashow)

3 – Sunscreen is sticky 

“Ok, so how totally annoying is sunscreen? It messes your makeup up and makes you look all oiled up. I just found the coolest invention though: Sunscreen combined with mineral powder, in a brush from Colorescience. That means I can literally cover my face all day long and reapply my powder! I’m wearing zero makeup, just sunscreen powder!” says blogger & baker Erina Aschow.

If you’re a makeup lover, you know there is no way on earth you’re applying a sticky sunscreen on top of your foundation. It’s just non-negotiable. All Colorescience® sunscreen formulas are luxurious and feel great on the skin, whether it’s a light, whipped texture you prefer or a silky smooth powder, we’ve got you covered (literally!).

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4 – I’m not in the sun – I just drive to work

One of the biggest sun protection misconceptions is that you only need it when you’re wearing a swimsuit. 78% of women ages 18-24 said they never wear sunscreen unless they’re at the beach! “A lot of people don’t realize that they are in the sun as often as they are. If you can see light, light can see you, so unless you’re truly in a room where you can turn off the lights and see nothing, you’re getting exposed to those UVA rays,” says Carly Summers, Product Specialist Roseville Dermatology.

Applying sunscreen doesn’t have to be a hassle either – you can keep a brush in your glovebox and apply a couple swipes of powder once you jump in the car! It’s time to ditch the excuses and make sun protection part of your daily routine with morning application of our new Daily UV Protector #WhippedSunscreen, and #AlwaysReapply every two hours with our Brush-On Sunscreen.

Daily UV Protector Launch on Grass

The Author

Julie Strong

Julie Strong

Julie Strong is the Social Media and Content Manager for Colorescience. She's had a passion for writing, skincare and beauty for as long as she can remember. Her favorite Colorescience product is Even Up Clinical Pigment Perfector.