One of the biggest sunscreen myths? That those with darker skin tones don't need daily SPF. But here's the truth: Anyone, no matter their skin tone, can get skin cancer. And, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer often has worse outcomes for Black women because cancer tends to be diagnosed at a later stage. How unfair is that?
If risk of skin cancer isn't reason enough, excessive sun exposure can also cause overproduction of melanin (especially in people of color), which often leads to hyperpigmentation (or discoloration) of the skin.
Here are some notes and tips when it comes to daily sunscreen use:
- There are two types of SPF available today: mineral and chemical.
- Mineral SPF is typically made with zinc or titanium, and creates a physical protective barrier over the skin, blocking UV rays.
- Chemical sunscreen actually absorbs into your skin, protecting from the inside out. The chemicals absorb UV rays, convert them into heat, and release them from your skin.
- Note: The chemicals used in chemical sunscreen are regulated differently in different countries and haven't necessarily be proven to be 100% safe. Some are even considered to be carcinogens. If you want to ensure the safest SPF option, we recommend going with a mineral SPF.
- If you use mineral SPF, apply it last, after any serums or moisturizers, so it sits on top of your products and skin.
- If you choose a chemical sunscreen, you should apply it before moisturizing so it absorbs properly into your skin.
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