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We’ve all heard the myth that black girls don’t need sunblock — if they even tan. It’s simply not true. There is no debating it: Women of all races need to wear SPF. SPF measures how long skin covered with sunscreen takes to burn compared to uncovered skin.

It is true that people with darker skin tones don’t sunburn as easily as those with fairer skin colors because they have an increased amount of epidermal melanin, which provides a natural SPF. Some people with very dark skin have a natural SPF of 13 and filter twice as much UV radiation. However, at the end of the day they’re still susceptible to skin cancer, sun spots, and wrinkles.

According to research from the University of Cincinnati, when discovered in African Americans, Latinos, and Asians, melanoma — a malignant tumor — is usually fatal because they are not using sunscreen or they wait until it’s too late to see a doctor for dark spots. Health experts advise everyone, regardless of skin color, to apply an SPF of at least 15. I love to keep a caramel/bronze glow to my skin, so I always make sure that I’ve lathered up in sunblock before laying out.

Here are some of my favorite sunblocks to use:

Clutchettes, do you wear sunscreen when you step out? Why or why not?

 

–Margaret Francois

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  • @fx5

    True, in pop culture, etc. the term “girl” has been used kind of loosely. However, in the context of this being a Black women’s site there is a sordid history with regard to Black women being referred to as girls.

    For generations Black women in this country had been referred to a girls by White racists as a way of belittling them. Just as Black men were referred to as boys by those same people. And that is why I’m sensitive to the use of the word “girl” used in reference to grown Black women.

    • Val

      Why do my replies keep ending-up in the wrong place!? Anyway, this reply is @fffff

    • fffff

      Thanks for the reply, I really see it from your point of view and think your right! 100 % respect it! :-)

  • fffff

    *you’re

  • The sun does not discriminate, it does not see if you are a fairer tone or of a darker tone. Diseases like skin cancer, sunburn and other sun or heat related conditions can be caught by anyone exposed to too much sun. It becomes more important for darker skin toned people to wear sunscreen for protection against the sun as darker tones have a higher risk of developing Melanoma. So it is advised to be always protected against harmful UVA/UVB rays, no matter your skin tone .I’ve used ExtraShade sunscreen and love it’s lightweight, moisturizing and doesn’t leave white streaks on my skin! I LOVE IT!

  • Person

    “It is true that people with darker skin tones don’t sunburn as easily as those with fairer skin colors because they have an increased amount of epidermal melanin, which provides a natural SPF. Some people with very dark skin have a natural SPF of 13 and filter twice as much UV radiation”

    Correction: I have very dark skin and I get sunburnt easier than most of my fairer black friends. When i go out into the sun without sunscreen – I become a burnt black color. If i wear sunscreen – my skin remains a nice cocoa color. So – Please do not make assumptions without supporting it with fact.