Beauty and The Heat. Protecting Your Skin From Mama Sun Ray
People of color benefit from high melanin counts, which provide a natural protection from the ultraviolet rays of the sun and wrinkles associated with aging.
The word 'Melanin' is quite popular in the media now, but what does it really mean?
Melanin is the colored pigment in your skin is one of several compounds that gives the skin it's color, so it's how we turn out to be whatever skin complexion we are. The Melanocytes in our bodies, produce different types and quantities of melanin based on how much of it you inherit and in response to your physical environment, so if you live in an area where there is bound to be much more sunlight for example, you, like your ancestors before you are more likely to have darker skin from a higher concentration of melanin in your genes in response to the high sun rays.
Melanin in your body absorbs the UV light from the sun rays. The more sun exposure, the more melanosomes are built, and the darker the skin gets, a process popularly known as a Suntan! and so if you're thinking this, you're probably right. Melanin does provide a measure of natural protection from harsh sun rays, however no one is completely immune from skin cancer, and it is possible that the suns UV energy can overwhelm skins protective system, so whether light, brown, or dark skinned, please wear sunscreen.
Here are a few favorites
Alba Hawaiian Green Tea Sunblock - For only $7 you can get this online at Bettymills
Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion contains lightly hydrating, skin soothing ingredients, as well as serious sun protection. Get it for $30.76 at Amazon
Derma E Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen costs $19.75 on dermae.com and specifically works great on oily skin.
Natures Gate is another great brand, that is also affordable yet absolutely functional. You can get their mineral sport block sunscreen for $9.23 on amazon.com
In the makeup-as-SPF world, ColoreScience is top of the line. Sunforgettable brush-on Sunscreen is a paraben & fragrance-free, gluten-free and zinc-based sunscreen. It makes re-application after applying makeup earlier in the day a snap. A bit on the pricier side, but get it for only $59 at Sephora
What sunscreen brands are you using? Comment below, and let us know!