Myth 1: I’m black, my melanin is my natural sunscreen.
Debunked: Although melanin offers protection, it is limited, especially against UVA rays which penetrate deep into the skin causing fine lines and premature aging. These rays are also responsible for the dark spots and hyperpigmentation we develop after a breakout. So, do yourself a favor and wear broad spectrum sunscreen daily.
Myth 2: I don’t need to wear sunscreen on cloudy days.
Debunked: Even on cloudy days the sun’s UVA rays are present, piercing through the clouds, so you’ll still need to wear sunscreen.
Myth 3: I only need to wear sunscreen when I’m outside.
Debunked: UVA rays can penetrate windows, so protect your skin even when indoors.
Myth 4: You have to apply chemical sunscreens 15 minutes before you go into the sun but with mineral sunscreens they work right away.
Debunked: Both mineral and chemical sunscreen filters start to absorb UV rays right away, but they both need to be applied for about 15 minutes to spread out evenly on your skin for optimal protection.
Myth 5: Sunscreen will prevent us from getting the proper amount of Vitamin D
Debunked: We know the sun is a great source of Vitamin D, especially for people with darker skin tones. However, sunlight penetrates some clothing and we do not need to spend long periods under the sun to get the amount of Vitamin D we need. Also, we can also get our Vitamin D from foods including salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines, as well as red meats and eggs.
Whether you pick a chemical or mineral sunscreen, dermatologists recommend you choose one that offers broad spectrum protection with an SPF of at least 30–in practical terms, the best sunscreen for you, is the one you’ll wear religiously.