Sunscreen Tips for All Skin Tones

Wearing daily sunscreen is one of the best things you can do for your skin. But there are so many myths out there about who needs to wear sunscreen, what kind to wear, and when to wear it that it can be hard to filter through to the facts.

We’ve rounded up three must-know facts about sunscreen, as well as two common myths to help you sort SPF fact from fiction.

FACT: All skin tones need SPF

No matter your skin tone or type, your skin is susceptible to UV damage caused by the sun. People of all skin tones should wear sunscreen on a daily basis to prevent sun damage that causes aging and skin cancer.

While you might not see the telltale redness of a sunburn on the surface if you have a dark complexion, your skin can still be damaged by the sun. In fact, missing the first signs of a sunburn can be even more dangerous, as you may be more inclined to stay out in the sun if you don’t realize you’re burning.

FACT: You can layer tinted SPF to achieve your shade

If you’re having trouble finding a tinted sunscreen that matches your skin tone, you can apply multiple layers of your favorite tinted SPF product to achieve your desired shade. Each layer will add an additional layer of color.

If you prefer mineral-based sunscreens, look for either tinted or sheer formulas to minimize white streaking caused by the mineral ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

FACT: Daily sun protection is a must, even when not outdoors

The sun’s longer UVA rays can penetrate glass, so you can still sustain sun damage while sitting indoors next to a window or while driving in your car. This is why it’s so important to wear a daily sunscreen, even if you don’t necessarily plan on being outside.

Keep in mind that UVA rays are responsible for sun damage deeper within the skin, while UVB rays cause the redness and discomfort on the surface. So even if you don’t necessarily burn, your skin can still be damaged by the sun.

MYTH: You can’t get a sunburn on a cloudy day

Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day! Just like UV rays can penetrate glass, they can easily reach your skin through clouds. So even if it is cloudy or rainy, your skin will benefit from sun protection.

MYTH: You won’t get a tan if you wear sunscreen

This is one of the most common sunscreen-related myths out there. Sunscreen is designed and tested to prevent your skin from burning for a specific length of time while exposed to the sun. It does not prevent your skin from tanning, as no sunscreen is able to block 100% of the sun’s UV rays.

However, a tan even with sunscreen on is a sign that your skin has been damaged by the sun, so it’s best to avoid deliberate tanning. Accumulated sun exposure can add up to dark spots, wrinkles, and other signs of aging down the road.

Bottom Line

Don’t skip your SPF – it will not only help to prevent signs of aging, but it will also protect your skin from melanoma and other types of skin cancer. All skin types and tones should incorporate a sunscreen into their daily skincare routine.

If you already have signs of sun damage like dark spots, uneven skin tone, or wrinkles, consider an effective treatment option such as laser skin tone correction, laser skin resurfacing, or microdermabrasion.

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