Brown skin women often are surprised when they get burned by the sun. Although brown skin does have a natural SPF of 13, allowing us to stay in the sun longer than women with white skin. However, we still need sunscreen to protect us from absorbing ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).
- Ultraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation that makes black-light posters glow, and is responsible for summer tans — and sunburns. However, too much exposure to UV radiation is damaging to living tissue.
- UVA & UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer
Here’s what you need to know and do to protect that beautiful skin of yours.
- Use sunscreen! Sunscreens blocks/ absorbs the UVA &UVB rays before they affect/damage your skin.
- The SPF rating is a measure of the time it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on.
- SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
- Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go out into the sun. This will allow your skin to absorb the product and create a protective shield.
- Apply sunscreen to your face, neck , hands, and scalp! Apply after swimming even if it’s “water-proof”.
- Look for broad-spectrum products .
- Check expiration dates. Toss after one year.