MYTH: SUNSCREEN IS ONLY FOR FAIR SKIN TONES
Sunscreen is for everyone no matter your skin tone or type. With global warming and temperatures becoming increasingly higher, it's more important than ever to protect skin from UV damage.
The melanin in darker skin tones does provide some UV protection (equivalent to SPF13) but that's not enough to protect against photo-aging, free-radical damage and cancers. Everyone needs a high protection factor of at least SPF 50 to effectively protect the skin from damage.
MYTH: ALL SUNSCREENS MAKE DARK SKIN LOOK BLUISH GREY
As anyone with a darker skin tone will tell you, there is nothing more frustrating than a grey film being left on the skin after applying sunscreen. The key is knowing the difference between sunscreen types:
- Physical sunscreens have UV filters that don't absorb but sit on top of the skin as a whitish film to block out UV rays. These screens work as soon as the skin is exposed to sun.
- Chemical sunscreens do not cause a residue on the skin and work by absorbing deep into the skin to block UV rays from penetrating at a dermis level.
MYTH: CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS WORK IMMEDIATELY
Contrary to popular belief, chemical sunscreens do not work immediately but take at least 30 minutes to become active in the skin. The best way to ensure that you get the right amount of protection is to apply sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine. By the time you leave the house, after putting on makeup or doing chores, it will be active and ready to fight off UV rays.