So I am going to share a secret, you ready? I have never worn sunscreen!! I believed the hype that black women didn’t need it because our skin is so much more decadent. Well, this is false. Our skin is just as fragile as anyone else. We can get sunburn and have photo damage from the sun.
If you’re someone who invests in quality skincare, then you need to protect your hard work. I use a variety of acids such as AHA, BHA and Vit C which all can make the skin more sensitive and can farther darken areas that have hyperpigmentation. The sun can be really brutal especially here in Texas. Being equipped for the summer is vital to your overall health.
What to look for in your sunscreen
Since I have been so clueless about sunscreen I did a little research. There are 2 types of sunscreen which are physical and chemical sunscreens. Those that are physical typically will have ingredients titanium-dioxide and zinc, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical blockers. These typically leave the undesired Casper effect to those with more chocolate skin.
Chemical sunscreens have ingredients oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. These work more so as an absorber.
There are many pros and cons to the type of sunscreen you choose. I will say it will definitely be a case by case as everyone’s skin can react differently to ingredients. A warning for those who are using chemical peels or chemical exfoliators, you have to use sunscreen as your skin is more sensitive and therefore more prone to burning. Tanning is nothing but sun damage that looks a bit nice for a bit. I like leather goods I just don’t want my skin to look like leather!
Sunscreen for Protected Chocolate Skin
- Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield 30 SPF, 65.00
I got this in a set from Ulta as I was really curious about Murad brand. This little beauty can double as a primer plus you’re getting 30 SPF. I love that it goes on clear and doesn’t give me flashback. Now the catch to this gem is its 65 bucks for a 1oz bottle. This is major as you should be using roughly ¼ teaspoon of sunscreen to ensure proper coverage. I’m still debating if I will get the full version but goes on like a dream and doesn’t interact negatively with my makeup.
2. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 SPF clear skin dry touch sunscreen 19.99
This is a dope sunscreen. As the president and member of #teamoily, it’s imperative that the products I use don’t contribute to adding more shine to my face. A struggle with sunscreen for the face is it can make your beautiful makeup breakdown quicker and leaving you looking a mess. I picked this beauty up from Ulta as well and loved that it dries down very fast. It’s a creamy pale yellow in color but does dry down clear. It’s a steal for the price and will last you a long while.
3.Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 13.49
Walking through Walgreens can be dangerous especially when you love their newly updated beauty section. I wanted to grab something that would be inexpensive yet still effective. I liked that this was focused on being sheer and clean feeling. The technology in this sunscreen helps to absorb excess oil and keep you looking awesome. After using this for a few weeks I did notice my eyes burned a little once I applied this but after a few minutes that feeling went away.
I hope this helps you with making your summer fire and with skin that is gorgeous. What are your fav sunscreens, drop them in the comments.