Black Does Crack, Here’s One Essential Tip To Prevent It

Black Does Crack, Here’s One Essential Tip To Prevent It
Affiliate Disclosure All of my life I was told sunscreen isn’t needed for me because of my melanin. As I got older, I’ve learned how false this rumor tends to be. While yes, it is accurate that people with darker skin tones become diagnosed with melanoma significantly less than our Caucasian counter-parts;  however it is more deadly in in African Americans.  (Source) Not only can the risk for skin cancer be higher without sunscreen; it can also prevent you from achieving your skincare goals. If you suffer from hyperpigmentation; not wearing sunscreen can definitely worsen this issue and darken your scarring.

So now that we have discussed the importance of sunscreen; lets get into the different types of sunscreen and how they affect your skin.  There are two types of sunscreen: Chemical and Physical. It is important to find out which works best for your skin and won’t irritate you, or give you that annoying white cast we all hate.

Physical sunscreens: This type of sunscreen contains mineral ingredients, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These type of sunscreens tend to sit on top of the skin rather than penetrating it, which causes it to block  harmful UV rays.  I tend to stay clear of Physical sunscreens for the most part because it gives my skin the ashy white cast since your skin does not absorb these.   I don’t prefer the smell of physical sunscreens also it’s not very pleasant to me. However don’t let my personal experience deter you, if this works for you by all means, continue to use!

Chemical Sunscreens: These types of sunscreens ingredients are composed of carbon based compounds such as oxybenzone, octisalate, etc.  Chemical sunscreens ingredients work together to change UV rays into heat and that lets the heat be released from the skin. Can I just say I LOVE Chemical Sunscreens? I have found these work best for me, it doesn’t break me out, there’s no annoying smell, and when working out it doesn’t drip down my skin noticeably.  Please note: When using Chemical sunscreens you should wait 15 minutes before going outside, to give time for it to start working. The best part is there is no white cast, which makes it great for makeup application.

When choosing a sunscreen, make sure to choose one based on your skin type and your personal preferences. Just know, that TO ME this is the most important part of any skincare routine, not just the 10 step one. You have to protect your skin at all times or else what are you working towards?

 

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