Plan on spending a day outdoors without sunscreen? Think again! Here are 4 reasons why you’ll want to give yourself an SPF rub down before heading outdoors!
1. Slows Down the Aging Process
Rumor has it that “Black don’t crack”. Black does crack. Thanks to the generous amount of melanin in our skin, it just takes longer to do so. Regardless of our ethnicity, excessive exposure to the sun can speed up the aging process causing the skin to become thick, wrinkled, and leathery.
2. Reduces Risk of Skin Cancer
Rumor also has it that Black folks can’t get skin cancer. We absolutely can. Although our risk for developing the disease is lower than other racial groups, fatality rates are higher for African Americans. Prolonged exposure to the sun, without u/v protection, puts anyone at risk --even us.
3.Reduces Age Spots
Varying in size and color, age spots are usually found on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms –areas exposed most to the sun. To preserve your youthful appearance, and keep the boys guessing, wear sunscreen.
4. Evens Out the Skin
I’m all for color blocking but not on my skin. Black women tan quickly, and to do so in a way that compliments you, apply sunscreen to all your extremities so that your skin will look even after you tan.
It’s recommend that women of color wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.