YOUR SUNSCREEN GUIDE
“ The important indication is how high your SPF is, e.g. SPF50. The higher the factor number the more protection you will have. Also consider if it gives protection for both UVA and UVB. UVA rays tend to age the skin whilst UVB will burn the skin. You want sun protection that has both”. Establishing the fact that black doesn’t crack, it is important to know and understand what sunscreen to use and what to look out for.
For starters, check the expiration date, apply a thick layer and reapply every 2 to 3 hours, the more frequent the better. You should also look out for if an SPF is marked as ‘broad spectrum’ this means that it protects you from UVA rays as well as having a high factor of SPF. Sun protection is split between mineral and chemical and understanding the difference can play a huge part in what SPF you invest in.
Mineral sunscreen (containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) are small particles that sit on the skin’s surface and physically prevent UV rays from penetrating the skin and chemical sunscreens allow UV light into the skin and once absorbed. The chemicals in the sunscreen create a chemical reaction that then turns UV light into heat which then dissipates from the skin. Mineral sunscreen is ideal for those that are concerned about long term exposure to chemical ingredients and are in fact perfect for children and those with sensitive skin concerns. However, knowing that many sunscreens don’t absorb into black skin and can often leave a white cast, chemical sunscreens eradicate both of these issues. Chemical sunscreens are quick to apply and easily absorb into the skin and don’t leave a white or grey film on the face.