Are darker skin tones protected from the sun?
No skin tone is exempt from sun protection
A big assumption or myth out there is that not all skin tones need sunscreen or some protection. I am here to tell you that it’s not true and all skin tones need sun protection. UV rays do not care about ethnicity or shades of skin.
That is why protecting your skin while in the sun is so important. The damage of UV rays can make the skin look older. So sunscreen is a must and should not just be ignored because of the shade of your skin tone. There are two types of sunscreens, chemical, and physical blockers. The chemical blockers work by absorbing the energy the UV rays put out before it gets to the skin. Physical blocker sunscreens work by blocking and dispersing the sun rays away from the skin.
Dermatologist have said that darker skin tones do a have SPF ( Sun protection factor) within. That’s because darker skinned people do produce more melanin. Everyone has their own level of melanin in them that’s why there are so many different skin tones. Now, what exactly is melanin? This is the answer in the dictionary:
I do apply sunscreen often to my kids in the summer as we love to swim and be outdoors. Depending on the brand or type they can be a little pasty. With darker skin that can make you look ashy. You want one that does not leave behind a white cast.
When buying a sunscreen look for a sheer based brand. You will need A sunscreen with SPF 30 at least. Sunscreens can have SPF up to 85. Dermatologists say that anything that reads above 100 SPF is not to be trusted and is likely a scheme. Here are some of the best-tested sunscreens that work with darker skin tones:
Black Girl Sunscreen is beyond magic! It has a sheer and clear finishing touch. Not only does it feel very lightweight it’s also very moisturizing. Specially formulated to work with darker skin tones.