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.
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