4 Sunscreen Myths Debunked

We are all aware of the damage the sun rays can do to our bodies by now and how important to wear sunscreen daily is. But unfortunately there are so many misconceptions surrounding this indispensable beauty product that could prevent some people from using it properly or at all! Here are 4 common sunscreen myths debunked:

1. I don’t need to wear sunscreen if I spend most of the day indoors

Most people think of sunscreen as something they need only when they go to the beach or know they will spend a lot of time outdoors. But sunscreen should be worn every day, even if we’re gonna spend the day indoors. That’s because UVA rays (which are the type that cause premature aging, and combined with UVB rays increase the risk of getting skin cancer), can penetrate through windows of cars and buildings, doing some serious damage to our skin. The truth is that, wherever we are, every day, from the moment the sun comes up to when it comes down, we are constantly exposed to its damaging rays and need sunscreen (or at least a moisturizer with sunscreen) to protect ourselves from them.

2. I can apply sunscreen when I get to the beach

If you use a physical blocker (products with only Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide) you could as it works instantly, although you should still put it on at home to keep your skin protected on the way to the beach. But chemical sunscreens should always be applied 20 to 30 minutes before going outside, not once you reach your destination. That’s because the active sunscreen ingredients need that time to get activated through a chemical reaction that occurs when they get into contact with the skin. If you apply them at the beach, for the first at least 20 minutes, your lotion won’t really offer you any protection.

3. If I wear sunscreen I won’t get enough Vitamin D

Our bodies need Vitamin D to function properly, and a deficiency of it causes numerous health problems. In order to produce this important Vitamin, we need sun exposure. But that doesn’t mean that we should stop wearing sunscreens. To get the amount of Vitamin D the body needs, it’s enough to expose our unprotected skin to the sun rays for 15 minutes twice a week.

4. If I have dark skin I don’t need sunscreen

I’m sorry to disappoint you, but you do. Although people with dark skin produce more melanin and are less likely to burn than those with fair skin, their skin too gets damaged by the sun rays. In addition, people with dark skin are more likely to die from skin cancer than those with a fairer complexion. This is due to the fact that they believe they don’t need sunscreen and so don’t use it. They are also less likely to get regular screening for skin cancer, so that when the disease is diagnosed, it is usually in an advance stage. So, start wearing sunscreen everyday. It could save your life.

Do you know any other sunscreen misconceptions to debunk? Share them in the comments.

Source: Spinstah

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    • Jamilla, thank you! It’s so important to know how to use sunscreen properly and wear it daily.

    • Trisha, as long as you don’t sit/stand for long periods near a window there shouldn’t be any problems.. :)

    • Xin, yes, it’s a common myth unfortunately. people just don’t realize that the sun rays can penetrate through windows and still damage skin. If there’s not much life after 6pm and you’re not spending lots of time outdoors then that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I think it’s important to wear sunscreen daily, but there’s no need to become paranoid about it.

  1. Another misconception is thinking sunscreen offers 100% protection from the sun. Even with the best SPF 50+ sunscreen, I can still end up getting burned/tanned after an hour or two – before it’s even time to reapply. I rarely go outside for an extended period of time because I’m so paranoid now:(
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    • Jeni, that’s too, no sunscreen offers 100& protection. Even those with SPF 50 can only protect up to 98-99% so some rays will still affect your skin and cause you tan and burn. But I think that if you wear a sunscreen with a SPF level you can still go out for longer periods of time as long as you avoid the hottest hours of the day. That’s whaT I do whenever I can anyway.

  2. Good post :) I have friends who only apply sunscreen when they go swimming or go to they beach, and then I also have friends who just apply sunscreen to their face but not the rest of their body. hehe everyone knows me as crazy sunscreen girl now…I keep trying to get my friends to wear their spf. The earlier you start the better you’ll age, plus you’ll be a lot less likely to get skin cancer! But at this point, no one listens to me lol
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    • Makeup, another fellow crazy sunscreen girl, my friends call me like that too. My friends are just like yours really, I tell them that they need to wear sunscreen every day not just when they go to the beach but they just refuse to listen and think I’m paranoid. I just tell them we’ll see who’s right in a few years’ time but it’s a shame they just won’t see how important it is to wear sunscreen until the damage is done. But what can we do? lol.

  3. Could recommend some good face sunscreen for people with combination skin?
    I wanted to wear sunscreen on my face for a long time, but… most of them are really oily even on my quite dry body skin… I can’t imagine what would happen if I put them on my face.

    I know that Italy has a different product offer, but I figure you’re more likely to recommend something I might find than a UK or USA blogger (I tried Google, but it just churns out products available there, boohoo). And I’m going to Czech Republic from the end of June to mid-July, so I might find your recommendations even if I can’t find them here.

    Price range… Uh, I must say that even Nivea is a bit pricey for me/around here. Feels rather silly, I must say :/ .

    • Ana, it’s so difficult to find a good sunscreen that’s not greasy and at an affordable price too! Before I recommend anything, do you prefer physical blockers or chemical sunscreens are ok too? Or it just doesn’t matter to you as long as it works? Cos I know some people don’t like using chemical sunscreens so I thought I’d ask before recommending one. Also, if you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors, a moisturizer with SPF of at least 15 would do too.

      • Anything’s OK by me – I guess I’ll have some trouble getting my hands on either type, so recommend away :D .
        Moisturizers with built-in sunscreen are really rare around here – we get the most basic products even from the lines that, in bigger marketplaces, have moisturizes with SPF / sunscreens for oily skin / insert-specific-product-of-choice-here (I was, for instance, interested in Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock). Bah.

        In the end, I might go with children’s stuff, sensitive skin and all that, but it’s both rather small and rather expensive.

        • Ana, what a shame that you get so few products there. Do you get Olay Total Effects moisturizer? It’s one of my favourites and it contains SPF too. As for sunscreens, I’m currently using and liking La Roche Posay Anthelios Lotion SPF 20. Aveeno Continuous Protection Sun Block Lotion SPF 55 (there’s a baby version too) are Clinique Sun Advanced Protection SPF 45 Stick good and not too pricey options too. These are just a few that spring to mind from brands that shouldn’t be too difficult to find (hopefully). I hope it helps.

          • Of the mentioned products, we’ve only got the one by Clinique, but a big thank you anyway :) .
            But I found a couple of products that might be suitable, so I’ll be running them through your A-Z ingredients list and checking to find the non-aggravating one :D .

            • Ana, I’m glad you found some products that may be suitable for you. Hope they don’t contain any problematic ingredients. :)

  4. Re: “..the active sunscreen ingredients need that time to get activated through a chemical reaction that occurs when they get into contact with the skin.”
    I don’t think this is correct, there is no chemical reaction that takes place, the oils simply start to absorb into the upper layer of the skin and the solid components (eg: zinc or titanium dioxide) should sit on the surface of the skin, scattering and blocking the UV radiation.

    • Sprool, thanks for your comment. I got my information from Dr Neal Shultz and his website DermTv, but I can’t find the exact post now. His info is usually very reliable although he didn’t describe in detail the chemical reaction that is needed to activate sunscreen ingredients but simply mentioned that one takes place. I will dig further and see what I can find out.

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