DISPELLING THE MYTH THAT WOMEN OF COLOR CAN GO WITHOUT SUNSCREEN
This is a very important post dedicated to the diverse array of skin-tones that reflect WOMEN OF COLOR - WOMEN WITH A LITTLE MORE MELANIN!!! As we all prepare for this July 4, 2017 weekend - Let's get real about sunscreen.
A lot of us were raised to think that - Because we are darker there our fairer skin counter-parts, We are less susceptible to burning and contracting skin-cancer. The current reality is that last year 4.2 million cases of skincare was diagnosed... Women of color are not diagnosed as quickly as there counter-parts which leans toward higher morbidity and mortality.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
- THERE ARE TWO MAIN TYPES OF SUNSCREENS; CHEMICAL & PHYSICAL BLOCKERS - Let's explore the difference between the two. CHEMICAL BLOCKERS - Absorb UV Rays before they come in contact with the skin. PHYSICAL BLOCKERS - Commonly contain zinc oxide and titanium which block and disperse UV-Sun Rays from the skin.
- WHAT EXACTLY DOES SPF STAND FOR? - SPF stands for "SUN PROTECTION FACTOR." It is a measure of the protection provided by the individual type of sunscreen. The SPF number indicates the amount of sun exposure needed to cause sunburn on skin protected with sunscreen compared with skin that is not protected with sunscreen.
- WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED SPF VALUE? - It is recommended to use a sun protector with a SPF of 30 and higher and VERY IMPORTANT - WAIT ATLEAST 15 MINUTES AFTER APPLYING BEFORE YOU GO INTO THE SUN & REAPPLY LIBERALLY - ABOUT EVERY HOUR or HOUR AND A HALF!
- MAKE SURE PRODUCT OF CHOICE SAYS "WATER RESISTANT"
One of the biggest challenges for women of color is finding a sun protector that does not make them look chalky. Here are a couple that blend well and also provide coverage:
In addition - Women of color can suffer from hyperpigmentation and dark spots. (This is very common if you are using adult acne control products) and can take ages to fade, but wearing sunscreen helps prevent the spots from getting darker plus expedites the healing process. “Hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory scarring is common among darker skin. Broad spectrum products also protect against UVA & UVB rays which contribute to - Premature aging, wrinkles, sun spots and high risk of sun-burns.
In summary - ENJOY THIS SUMMER and PROTECT THE BEAUTIFUL SKIN YOU WERE BLESSED WITH!!!