If you can't avoid the sun, sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin. Specifically, a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen shields against UVA and UVB rays. Both of these rays are harmful and can cause sunburn and skin cancer.
We understand that sunscreen can be perplexing. What are all the numbers on the bottle supposed to mean? Why do we even need to reapply it? And when do you require it? We explain the most common sunscreen myths below, followed by the truth.
5 Myths About Sunscreen Debunked
Myth #1: Skip sunscreen if makeup has SPF
You probably don't use makeup on all sun-exposed areas, and you're probably not wearing enough makeup to protect your skin from the sun. Lotions and moisturisers may cover your face and neck more completely than foundation or blush, but the SPF fades. Even if you apply moisturiser in the morning, you should still apply sunscreen if you go for a walk after work or even during lunch.
Myth #2: Dusky skin doesn't need sunscreen
Dark skin is equally vulnerable to sun damage. It's just that sun damage is more difficult to see on dark skin. Skin cells produce pigment in response to UV rays. This pigment, which we associate with sunburn, is more difficult to detect in darker skin. SPF sun protection is not the same as your skin colour. Make sure to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun, regardless of skin colour, and don't forget to reapply every 2 hours.
Myth #3: Sunscreen causes cancer
There is no scientific proof that sunscreen causes cancer. In fact, exposure to the sun and getting sunburn twice a year can triple the risk of skin cancer. However, some people are concerned that the chemicals in sunscreens are absorbed through the skin and cause cancer.
If you are concerned, we recommend using a sunblock that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. It is not absorbed by the skin and remains on the surface.
Myth 4: No need for sunscreen on a cloudy day
Clouds are nothing more than water vapour, so they cannot shield you from UV rays. If it's cloudy or cold outside, apply sunscreen like you would on a sunny day. When going for a walk on a cloudy day, many people forget to apply sunscreen.
However, they are still being hit by the sun rays more than once. Moreover, when it comes to sun rays, they tend to reflect on certain surfaces like a puddle of water or sand on the beach and hit, so the sun's harmful rays can strike you directly or bounce off the water or sand.
Myth #5: Sunscreen with SPF of 50 doesn't need to be reapplied
Regardless of the number, SPF sunscreen only works for about two hours. The number refers to the amount of protection provided by the sunscreen, not how long it will last. Use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapply it every two hours. DeBelle Mineral Sunscreen safeguards your skin from the sun's harsh UVA and UVB rays with its SPF of 50+++.
If you must be out in the sun, sunscreen is an excellent way to protect your skin. But don't forget to wear UV-protective clothing and sunglasses to protect the skin around your eyes. Mineral sunscreen is always better than chemical sunscreen as it is more gentle. Always go with a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen that blocks UVB and UVA rays, as both can cause skin cancer.
We hope to shed some light on popular myths about sunscreen and compel you to start wearing it religiously. Add the DeBelle Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+++ to your cart and stay #SunkissedWithDeBelle!