So, you think because God gifted you with mocha skin you don’t need sunscreen? Ya’ll may clown how wrinkly our fair-skinned, Caucasian counterparts get on a beach sauteing themselves with baby oil and gambling against skin cancer, but black people may have much more to worry about under the sun–a study at Michigan University revealed that African-Americans are more likely to die from melanoma than whites, and 63% of us don’t think we need sun protection at all. Now you know that’s a hot mess. Newsflash: Sunscreens are not just for white people!
Aside from health reasons, sun damage CAN make you look old. “Darker skinned patients may not wrinkle as much as lighter skin tones, but uneven pigmentation and loss of radiance/glow in skin is very common as they age,” says David H. McDaniel, M.D., FAAD, director of the Institute of Anti-aging Research.
Here’s a few suggestions on how to enjoy the sun without drying out like a Sunsweet raisin: