Summer is here and that means protection is needed from the constant beam of the summer sun. Darker skin with its high melanin content has higher protection than fairer skin. However, discount UV protection is still needed to protect premature aging, store dryness and skin cancer.
Here are tips specifically for darker skin to help with protection during the summer season:
Tip 1: Moisturize
Moisture is always important for skin. Drinking water, clinic eight or more glasses a day, is always a quick and easy fix to keeping your body hydrated. Body lotions (coco butter, and Shea butter)and oils (coconut, apricot, almond oils) are also another way to seal in moisture to the skin.
Tip 2: Protect
Protection from the sun’s UV rays is always necessary, not just for summer but all year long. Applying an SPF to the skin every two hours when exposed to the sun for 30 minutes or more is recommended. Blackdoctor.com recommends sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher for black skin.
Tip 3: Inspect
Inspecting your skin regularly to identify any unusual marks is key to early detection of anything that may be melanoma.
Tip 4: Wardrobe
In the summer, with the hot climate, wearing loose fitting clothes that are breathable are also important to your skin. Clothing that is also lighter in color reflects light verses the dark colors that absorb light and UV.