October 24 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Don’t you just love the sun? The way it gives you energy, the way it makes your skin glows and lights your eyes - making you literally look like an angel on earth? Then that glow turns into...fine lines, and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation! Gasp: Ok I’m sorry to burst your bubble but I had to hit you with some of the other realities surrounding sun exposure. Now given, some of us absorb the sun more than others, essentially leading to less radical damage and overall less negative effects on the skin. However, sorry to tell you sis, the sun is our strongest star, the best natural light any selfie could give...but it’s also the source of 80% of visible aging due to UV light.
Something you may not know is that darker skin tones do have a natural SPF of 13, however, that does not protect from the UVA and UVB rays your body is actually absorbing. Yes it will absorb both! For this reason, dermatologists and estheticians usually recommend a broad-spectrum SPF that is strong enough for both types of UV light simultaneously. Speaking of SPF, do we even really know what that is? Well, for starters it stands for Sun Protection Factor and you should be looking for an SPF of at least 15. An SPF 15 sunscreen would delay this reaction by 100 minutes.
Sidebar: We prefer to call it Melanin Protection Factor, and have learned that the term "SPF" is regulated (and owned) by the FDA as a pharmaceutical term, which does not recognize the use of unaltered natural ingredients as sun protectors.
While this is a general rule, it is usually not possible to delay sunburn 15 times as long because sunscreen usually wears off with perspiration and water. Wrinkling, premature aging, sunspots and even cancer can develop from repeated sunburn or over exposure to the sun.
So how do you heal and repair that affects the sun has on your skin? Well, for starters:
- Use a good, full spectrum sunscreen, EVERYTIME you go in the sun. (sounds crazy, but your wrinkles will thank you later)
- Review the ingredients in the products to use to make sure they don’t make your skin more sensitive to the sun's UV rays.
- Protect yourself from the sun at all times, utilize the shade!
Now, none of that is difficult. Protecting yourself isn’t difficult at all! It just takes a little discipline. If you don’t have any of that (hehe) try our faaaavoriteee, I’m talking liquid gold here people! The Butter Bar's Melan-in Skin Nourishing Serum +MPF.