Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Do you still need sunscreen if you have naturally dark skin?

The darker your natural skin tone, the more melanin you have and the less likely you are to get sunburned.

While all that may be true it is still possible for your skin to become sun damaged and even sunburned. Here is why everyone should be wearing sunscreen

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We all need protection against skin cancer

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, a protection factor as low as 15 can reduce your risk of skin cancer by up to 40% and your risk of melanoma by about 50%.

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Because this has nothing to do with sunburn or the visible effects of the sun and has more to do with the effect the sun’s rays can have on your skin at a cellular level.

While people with darker skin have natural sun protection from melanin wearing sunscreen adds to the protection of your skin.

Dark skin can get sunburned too

The darker your skin, the more adept you are to being in the sun, and the less likely you are to get a sunburn, but this doesn’t make it impossible.

Exposure to the sun’s rays without any type of sun protection is damaging to all skin types and can lead to sunburn and sun damage.

The effects of sun damage can range from severe, dry crust-like sunburn to darker irritated skin and overtime premature or aggressive signs of aging.

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Same body, different skin

Sunscreen will not necessarily prevent you from becoming darker. Dark skin has a more varied reaction to the sun and heat than lighter or pale skin tones.

While paler skin or light complexions can go from light to red and burn in a matter of hours dark skin can become a few shades darker or lighter depending on sun exposure. This and the varying shades of skin tone found all over the body shows that the skin is not equally emanated and while some parts are hardly affected by the sun, there are parts of the body that can be more sensitive and may need better sun care.

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