Save Your Skin

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Black women do not need to wear sunscreen. Is this a statement that should be considered true or false? If you answered false, you may want to rethink your skincare regimen in order to save your skin.

Our friend the sun does more than light our planet, the sun also emits harmful rays that can cause skin damage. It has widely been believed that those with darker skin do not need to worry about skin damage because of having more melatonin. Melatonin does protect underlying skin cells from the sun, but the average black woman only has a SPF of 13. This means you can stay exposed to the sun 13 times longer than someone with lighter skin.

To stay fully protected it is wise to apply sunscreens or sun blocks. Sun blocks reflect UV rays so that they bounce off the skin. Sunscreens absorb the harmful rays from the sun before they can harm the skin. To protect that beautiful face look for moisturizers with a SPF of 15.