Because of our deeper skin tones, African-American women tend to overlook sun protection as being vital to our health. Sure, the incidence of skin cancer is lower in people of color than whites, but we are still at risk. Prolonged sun exposure can also damage the appearance of your skin and age your face. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and protected from the sun.
1. Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is when the sun is at its brightest. Avoiding direct exposure to the sun during this time can reduce your risk of sun damage.
2. Use a moisturizer with SPF protection
This is the easiest way to soak up the Vitamin D from the sun’s rays and protect your skin in the process. A daily moisturizer with protection like AMBI’s Essentials Daily Moisture with SPF 15 is a summertime essential.
3. Be mindful of reflective surfaces The sun’s ultraviolet rays reflect off of water, sand, snow and any light-colored surface. It’s important to be diligent when applying a sunscreen, especially in these environments.
4. Wear a hat Covering up with clothing is another way to decrease your sun exposure and avoid sun damage. A summer hat is a chic way to cool yourself down in the sweltering heat.
5. Protect your lips Use a lip balm with SPF in it on your lips to prevent blisters and sun damage. Also make sure your moisturizer reaches the very outer edges of the lips.