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Do People with Darker Skin Tones Need SPF?

The answer is always YES!

Sunscreen is a MUST for everyone. People with various skin types and tones should be using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, especially on the face, as the skin and the eyes are sensitive to the sun’s invisible rays.

What is SPF, and Why is it Important When Choosing a Sunscreen?

“SPF” stands for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF rating refers to the amount of UVB radiation blocked. Broad spectrum sunscreen can block both UVA and UVB radiation. It is important to block UVA and UVB radiation, which comes from sun exposure, as it causes sunburn, darkening and thickening of the outer skin layer, melanoma, and other types of skin cancer that are important to prevent.

Do I Need SPF Sunscreen if I Have Darker Skin?

If you have ever been told that because you have richly melanated skin, you don’t need to use sunscreen with SPF as you are already substantially protected from the sun, that is simply not true. The Black Girl Sunscreen brand acknowledges that it is a common misconception that people with melanin-infused skin don’t need sunscreen as they believe their darker skin naturally protects against UV rays.

Although individuals with darker skin tones have natural sun protection characteristics due to lots of melanin, it is not nearly enough to disregard sunscreen with SPF. SPF should be incorporated into the morning skincare routine and be reapplied as needed throughout the day, depending on how much sun one is exposed to.

Sunscreen also prevents hyperpigmentation and premature aging of the skin, which can help boost the overall beautiful appearance of the skin, allowing the melanin to glow radiantly while lessening the risk of damage to the skin barrier.

Regardless of how much melanin is in your skin, sunscreen with a sufficient SPF rating is an essential part of the daily skincare routine for people of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and skin types. And yes, you should still wear sunscreen even when you can’t see the sun, such as when it is cloudy or bad weather outside, or in more particular situations such as when you have a window seat on the plane.

Sunscreen is the best and easiest way to protect your beautiful skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This summer, make it a point to incorporate it into your everyday routine!

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