There's been a longstanding misconception that Black people don't need to wear SPF. Yes, the risks of melanoma and burning are a lot higher in those with fairer skin, but this notion that those with more melanin don't have to wear it at all just isn't true. In fact, there are a number of benefits of sunscreen for darker skin that go way beyond protection.
So where exactly did the idea that Black people don't need to wear sunscreen come from? A popular study was done years ago that showed people with darker skin naturally have a higher amount of sun protection, up to 13, according to Winchester Hospital, while light skin has a natural SPF of 3.4. Though there is some level of natural coverage offered to Black people, it's not enough and SPF is definitely needed. Check out some of the benefits below.
Benefits of Sunscreen
- Helps to shield against photo-aging from the sun's UV rays. Signs of aging include fine lines and wrinkles — and slathering on some SPF at the end of your daily routine can help prevent those symptoms
- The sun increases hyper pigmentation and dark spots and wearing sunscreen will help prevent this
- Another sign associated with photo-aging is the loss of collagen due to UV rays, which can sagging. Using sunscreen helps keep you looking fresh and rejuvenated while retaining the elasticity of your skin.
Our Top Sunscreen Picks
Biossance - $30 Powerfully invisible broad-spectrum, non-toxic SPF 30 zinc mineral sunscreen protects even the most sensitive skin with no white cast.
We have created a sunscreen for every day use, filled with natural ingredients, that will protect your skin from the sun and doubles as a moisturizing lotion. Black Girl Sunscreen dries completely clear so it’s perfect to use before any outdoor activity or even under your favorite makeup products.
A whipped, antioxidant-rich sunscreen that naturally protects your skin from UV-related damage, including premature aging and hyperpigmentation. This transparent, all zinc protection helps to lightly hydrate, reduce the appearance of dark spots, visibly even skin tone, and perfect your skin’s overall look.
What's your favorite sunscreen for woman of color? Comment below, we love to see your suggestions.