- With warmer weather comes increased exposure to the sun as we spend more time outdoors.
- This means its time to double up on your sunscreen efforts with a good SPF.
- Here are 5 sunscreen brands you can buy, some even make-up friendly.
Warmer days are upon us, which means it’s time to lay the sunscreen thick and heavy.
You think don't need SPF (Skin Protection Factor) because you have makeup on or you already have oily skin or 'Black don't crack', right? Wrong.
While dermatologists and skin experts advise using and incorporating sunscreen into our daily skincare routines all year round, it is no secret that some people fall off and skip using it during the winter months.
It is also important to note that sunscreen is not only for the outdoors but should be used indoors as well because our electronic gadgets also emit UV light, plus UV rays can pass through glass windows.
There is also the misconception among Black people that we don’t need sunscreen, which is quite a damaging myth - especially because a study has shown that South Africa has a high incidence of skin cancer.
1. Helps prevent skin cancers
Daily SPF use, even in rainy or colder weather, can help to protect your skin from harmful rays that cause cancer.
2. Prevents premature ageing
According to Dermstore, UV radiation causes the premature breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear sooner.
3. Protects you from heat exhaustion
According to the Fargo Centre for Dermatology, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be caused by being in direct sunlight for a long period of time. Wearing adequate sunscreen can help to prevent this from happening.
4. Healthier overall skin
Skin is healthier overall when you simultaneously use sunscreen and other products that are good for the skin.
Apart from the myth that Black people don’t need to wear sunscreen, another barrier to our use of sunscreen is that most sunscreens that are on the market are not Black-skin friendly. As a result, people get discouraged from using it to avoid looking ‘purple’ or ‘ashy’.
These are five Black-girl-friendly sunscreens to consider:
Dermopal Sunscreen Spf30 100ml - R114.95
Vichy UV Protect SPF50 Skin Defence Invisible Mist 75ml - R295.00
Nivea Sun Shine Control Spf50 Sunscreen 50ml - R154.95
The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Face Mist SPF 30 PA ++ 60ml - R320.00
Eucerin Sun SPF50 Photoaging Control Fluid 50ml - R 300.00
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