8 Great Sunscreens for Skin of Color
You’ve likely heard time and time again that you need to wear sunscreen every single day. Personally, even though I’ve read (and written) numerous stories on the importance of using sunscreen, as a Black woman and beauty editor I’ve been let down by formulas that leave my melanated skin looking ashy, chalky or dry. Yet, I recognize that wearing SPF is key to protecting myself from both premature aging and worse, skin cancer.
Still, the rumor that “Black people don’t need to wear sunscreen” persists. So much so that I asked Dr. Sumayah Jamal, MD-PhD, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York, to clarify. “Melanin provides an SPF anywhere from a level of 1.5 to 4. While skin of color takes longer to burn, this does not mean that it cannot burn,” she explains. “SPF also only refers to UVB protection; however, UVA also damages skin.” To protect against both types of rays, Dr. Jamal recommends a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher.
Source: Dermstore – 8 Great Sunscreens for Skin of Color By, Janell M. Hickman