WHY SHOULD I WEAR SUNSCREEN?
Everyone should wear sunscreen to protect their skin from the sun. UVB and UVA rays from the sun can be very damaging to the skin and if sunscreen isn’t worn it could contribute to aging, skin damage, and skin cancer.
SHOULD PEOPLE OF COLOR WEAR SUNSCREEN? AND WHY?
It is a myth that people of color don’t need to wear sunscreen. This misconception may have to do with much of the advertising and public awareness campaigns being geared towards fair-skinned individuals. However, people of color are also at risk of getting skin cancer despite additional melanin in the skin. In fact, African Americans have the highest rate of mortality in the U.S. population after receiving a melanoma diagnosis.
WHAT IS SPF? WHAT SPF SHOULD I USE?
SPF is the acronym for Sun Protection Factor. SPF refers to the amount of time that someone can stay in the sun without getting sunburned. A higher SPF helps if you are fair skinned or have a history of skin cancer.
WHAT IS BROAD SPECTRUM?
Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays. In order to be classified as offering broad-spectrum protection, a product needs to absorb or reflect at least 90% of the UV rays. BlackGirlSunscreen’s moisturizing lotion offers broad-spectrum coverage.
WHAT ARE UVA AND UVB RAYS?
UVA (ultraviolet A) rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB (ultraviolet B) rays and are primarily responsible for premature skin aging and wrinkling. UVA rays have also been shown to cause skin damaging at a cellular level. UVB rays damage the outer layers of the skin, and are the main cause of sunburn and play a key role in the development of cancer.
WHAT IS OXYBENZONE? AND IS IT SAFE?
Oxybenzone is an active ingredient commonly used in making sunscreens because it provides broad spectrum ultra-violet coverage. However, it is a toxic chemical that can cause hormonal disruption, reproductive issues and allergic skin reactions. Further, oxybenzone has been directly linked to the environmental contamination in the form of coral bleaching and die-offs which contribute to the declining health of coral reefs. BlackGirlSunscreen is proud to be oxybenzone-free and still provide broad spectrum protection using alternative ingredients that are safe for people and the environment.
DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN PARABENS?
No, BlackGirlSunscreen does not contain parabens. The reason why BlackGirlSunscreen is paraben free is because parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant that are used to extend shelf life.
IS YOUR SUNSCREEN FRAGRANCE FREE?
Yes, BlackGirlSunscreen is proud to be a fragrance-free product. Being a fragrance-product means that the sunscreen is excellent for individuals with sensitive skin and it is safe to use on the face.