Black and mixed skin facing the sun

Black and mixed skin facing the sun

It is essential to never expose yourself to the sun without protection, even for black and mixed skin. Dehydration, dryness and even sunburn can occur if these skin types are not properly protected from UV rays. Let’s review the specific sun protection needs of dark skin.


The characteristics of black and mixed skin regarding UV rays


Black and mixed skin, although having a higher concentration of melanin, are not invulnerable to sun damage.


Melanin offers some natural protection, but it does not eliminate the risk of dehydration, flaking or sunburn.


Furthermore, prolonged exposure without protection can lead to increased skin dryness and long-term damage such as premature aging and pigmentation disorders.


Specific sun protection needs


To meet the specific needs of black and mixed skin, it is recommended to use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. ( an SPF of 30 indicates that we can, in theory, expose yourself to the sun 30 times longer without getting sunburned).


Formulations with moisturizing ingredients are particularly beneficial, as they help maintain skin hydration while providing an effective UV barrier.


Additionally, non-comedogenic products are best to avoid clogged pores and acne problems.


A generous and regular application, every two hours and after each swim, is essential to guarantee optimal protection.


Additional tips for optimal protection


  • Wear protective clothing: In addition to sunscreen, it is recommended to wear light-colored, covering clothing that reflects sunlight. Wide-brimmed hats and UV-protective sunglasses are also essential to protect the face and eyes.


  • Avoid peak sunlight hours: The intensity of UV rays is maximum between 10 a.m. and 16 p.m. It is therefore advisable to limit exposure to the sun during this period.


  • Moisturize the skin regularly: Applying a moisturizer after sun exposure helps prevent dryness and restore skin elasticity. After-sun lotions containing aloe vera or other soothing agents may be particularly beneficial.


  • To drink a lot of water: Dehydration can be exacerbated by exposure to the sun. It is therefore important to maintain good hydration by drinking water regularly throughout the day.



In short, although black and mixed skin benefit from greater natural protection against UV rays, they nevertheless require special attention and the use of suitable sunscreen products to prevent various skin inconveniences and protect the health of the skin on the long term.


By following these tips, you can enjoy the sun safely while preserving the beauty and health of your skin.

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