|My Favorite Sun Protection Sunday Afternoons|
Yes, I wear sunscreen. Yes, black people need sun protection. Yes, black people get sunburn and have sun allergies. Guess what some white people never get sunburn but they still need to protect themselves from premature aging. Yes, Asian girls do get great tans but they still need to protect their skin from sun overexposure. Heck even pets need sun protection! Are you human? Do you want to look 10 years older than you are? Well, if you are human you can get skin cancer and age prematurely due to sun exposure. Don't be lazy. You are worth the time it takes to protect your skin. Your skin will thank you. Your life will thank you. Your reflection will thank you.
There is a major debate about how healthy using sunscreen is, especially in America, where sunscreen advances are 12 years behind Europe and Asia. Okay, so you don't want to use sunscreen. You can still protect yourself. You can protect your skin using supplements, clothes and choosing the right hours to go outside. Just making a few adjustments can make all the difference.
1. Avoid Peak Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Go to the beach/pool before or after these hours.)
2. Clothes: Wide brimmed hats, thin light colored long sleeved T-shirts and linen pants/skits really help. I know it is hot but just wearing long sleeves in the car will prevent that ugly drivers tan. I often will wear long sleeves over a summer outfit just to protect my skin and I will take off the long sleeve top once I get to where I am going. If you are going for a walk put on a hat it does make a difference. Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement; they are also protection.
3. Supplements: Yes there are some supplements you can take to help you protect your skin.
Zinc, Astaxanthin, and Vitamin E/C/D are a few easy ways to protect your skin.
Do your own investigating. There are clothes that are treated with sunscreen and supplements that are sold together just for the purpose of protecting your skin. What the heck I'll even help you get started with some web links:
8 Natural Ways to Prevent a Sunburn (And Sunscreen’s Not One of Them)
Can a Pill Replace Your Sunscreen?
Buy Heliocare capsules, the original sunscreen pill
5 Reasons to Take Astaxanthin Every Day
Wholesale - S5Q Summer Shirt Female Long-sleeve Sun Protection Clothing Thin Anti-UV Cardigan Jacket AAABOH
Sun Protective Clothing by Solumbra 100+ SPF
Sunscreen Clothes: Do They Work?
Okay You are a dark skinned human like me and you hate that white/blue look some sunscreens give you. Well, not all sunscreens give you that horrible look. There are some really awesome sunscreens that make your skin tone look, dare I say, even better. A spray on sunscreen will almost always look good on darker skin. There are oil based sunscreens that are really good on dark skin, too. For the face you need to be a little more selective. Avoid zinc based sunscreen, it gives dark skin that horrible sick look. I have used Olay Regenerist Regenerating Lotion With SPF50 for my face but I am still experimenting. When I find a facial sunscreen I love I will be sure to update this post. Oh, and just so you know, wearing sunscreen will not stop you from tanning. Everyone tans in the sun. Yes, black people tan and we tan quickly. If you don't want to tan don't go outside when the sun is up. Sunscreen is not the same as no sun at all.
Please note after a day of being in the sun please use an after sun skin lotion. After sun lotions are not just for sunburns but for restoring your skin. Plus using an after sun lotion or organic oil at night will make your fresh tan a pretty color (this is a good idea for all skin tones).
List of sunscreens I will use and other info:
L'Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Sheer Protect Sunscreen Oil Spray, SPF 50+
NEUTROGENA Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray
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PS don't be embarrassed to buy sunscreen. Buying sunscreen does not mean you hate your skin color. Buying sunscreen means you love your skin.