Sunscreen- Do I Really Need It?


People often think that because I have dark skin, I don’t burn! Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s this widespread misconception even among black people that darker skinned people are not at risk of getting sun burnt or skin cancer. Dermatologists the world over have their work cut out for them, as they endeavour to set the record straight. Black skin may offer more protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays than light skin, but nobody is immune to the dangers caused by the sun.

Because of this, I wear sunscreen religiously and never tire of preaching about the importance of sun protection to my friends and family. You’d even be forgiven for thinking I was getting some commission for it! Sunscreen is therefore the mainstay of my beauty regime. No day goes by when I don’t wear sunscreen. Straight after my shower; come rain or shine, I lather the stuff on. I have read over and over that even when it’s overcast, UV rays still have damaging effects on skin.

My personal favourite sunscreen is of the physical variety as opposed to the chemical. Physical sunscreen; also known as natural sunscreen, typically contains zinc oxide. The higher the zinc content the better, because zinc is a natural sunscreen, and therefor offers better protection.

I would recommend Obagi Nu-Derm Sunshield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 as it goes on matte, which all the ladies will be grateful for. It also doesn’t leave the obvious grey cast, which is very common with physical sunscreen. Not quite a good look on dark skin!

I also love natural powder sunscreen, especially lightly tinted ones. These allow you to top up your sunscreen through the day, soaking up any greasy patches without messing up your makeup. I really like them, even though they’re very expensive, they are well worth it.

I no longer use any chemical sunscreens, as I used to burn anyway. I hate that they also irritate my skin and sting my eyes. Physical sunscreen can be very light and luxurious, whereas I’m yet to find a single chemical sunscreen of a quality that compares to that of physical sunscreen.

Have you heard of physical or natural sunscreen? Do you have any you swear by that you’d happily recommend?

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