How the heck are you supposed to use sunscreen right if everyone has a different opinion about it?!
Apply it before you go to the beach. No, you can slather it on once you get there.
Use it every day, even if you’re not going to the beach. No wait, you won’t get your vitamin D fix that way.
Argh! What’s a girl to do to avoid wrinkles, cancer and all the other crap the sun causes?
Worry not. I’ve got your back, my smart friend. Here are 4 common sunscreen myths debunked:
1. You Don’t Need To Wear Sunscreen If You Spend Most Of Your Day Indoors
It makes sense, does it? If the sun can’t get you inside, why bother with sunscreen?
Because the sun CAN get you inside my friend. And it WILL.
Here’s the deal. In the past, sunscreens only protected your skin from UVB rays. Those can’t penetrate glass, so if you were inside, you didn’t need to use sunscreen.
UVA rays are another matter entirely. These pesky rays CAN penetrate through glass so if you’re inside, especially if you live or work in a place with big windows, you’re not safe from them.
If it doesn’t matter if you’re outside or inside, if you want to keep your skin safe from UV harm, you need to wear your sunscreen from the moment the sun comes up to the moment the sun comes down.
Related: Can UV Rays Penetrate Through Glass?
2. You Can Apply Sunscreen When You Get To The Beach
And what will keep your skin safe while you get there? Hope and prayers?
I’ve told ya, UVA rays can penetrate glass. That means car windows, too.
Besides, sunscreen should always be applied at least 20 minutes BEFORE you head out the door. That gives it time to form an even shield against UV rays.
Don’t fool yourself you’ll only be out for 5 minutes anyway. 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there build up to A LOT of damage!
3. If You Wear Sunscreen, You Won’t Get Enough Vitamin D
Sunscreen is a must. It keeps you safe from wrinkles, dark spots and cancer.
Vitamin D is a must, too. It prevents rickets, keeps your teeth and bone healthy and does plenty more good things for your body.
Few foods have vitamin D. But when you expose your skin to the sun, your body produces vitamin D in spades. Unless you wear sunscreen. That blocks UV rays and, as a result, vitamin D production.
BUT, not completely!
Even SPF 100 lets 1% of UV rays through (no, a sunscreen that blocks ALL UV rays hasn’t been invented, yet).
So, you can still wear sunscreen and get your vitamin D fix. Win win.
P.S. If you have a severe vitamin D deficiency, consult a doctor for supplements. The sun should always be your LAST resort for your vitamin D fix.
4. If You Have Dark Skin You Don’t Need Sunscreen
It’s true dark skin produces more melanin than fakir skin. That makes it less likely to burn.
BUT, you can still burn. AND you’ll still get wrinkles and dark spots. AND you’re more likely to die from skin cancer than people with a fairer complexion.
You see, if you know you’re at risk, you wear sunscreen. But if you think you can do without, you’ll take more risks with the sun. You’ll also be less likely to go for regular screenings for cancer (why go if you think it can’t happen to you?). When you finally realise there’s something wrong, it may already be too late.
Don’t gamble with your life. Wear sunscreen every day.
Have you fallen for any of these sunscreen myths? Share your experience in the comments below.