I’m Sunscreening, Are You?

Hey Black Girl!

It goes without saying that everyone should be wearing sunscreen. Not just in the summer, not just white people, not when you’re by the pool or on the beach, but literally every time you leave the house. Which leads me to this question:

I’m black and sunscreening are you?

It is true that the melanin in darker skin does help protect us from the sun, but only so much. Just like our Caucasian counterparts we are still susceptible to skin cancer, aging, and occasional sunburns.  It is recommended that we use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30, for safe measure, I go with SPF 50.

Through a little research I found out that sunscreen works by reflecting ultraviolet radiation with zinc oxide or titanium oxide. And by using octyl methoxycinnamate or oxy benzine to absorb UV radiation.

Lack of sunscreen usage and sunscreen knowledge have the potential to lead to undiagnosed skin cancers. Why be at risk, when you can easily be in-the-know?

Here are a few rules of thumb for playing it safe in the sun:

  1. This is a given: avoid putting yourself at risk for sunburns and skin cancer by simply wearing sunscreen. It’s literally like applying lotion, they even have the spray kind. (Which I don’t recommend, because it’s not good for the environment). There are no excuses.
  2. Products should be picked based on your own skin coloration, time outside, shade and cloud cover.
  3. Reapply often. Sweat, water and other facts will affect how affective your sunscreen is. It is recommended that you reapply every 2 hours and every time you swim or sweat excessively.
  4. Those who wear make-up should look for moisturizers, BB creams & foundations that come with SPF. I usually apply plain sunscreen to my face & use a BB cream with SPF. (A double dose of sun protection never hurt 😏)


Do you want to hear what the doctors are saying about African-Americans & sunscreen? Read more here.


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