10 Tips on How Black Women Can Protect Their Skin From The Sun
1. Use at least SPF 30 sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy.
2. Apply at least one ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill a shot glass) at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside.
3. Also use a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
4. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Reapply every hour if you are swimming or sweating.
5. Be extra careful around water and sand. These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of getting a sunburn.
6. Limit the amount of time you’re in the sun between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. This is when the sun's rays are the most intense. Practice the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun's rays are at their strongest, and you should find shade.
7. If possible, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Dark clothing with tightly woven fabric blocks more sun than white or loosely woven fabrics.
8. Accessorize with a hat that shades your face, neck, and ears and a pair of sunglasses.
9. Sunglasses with lenses that have 99% to 100% UV absorption provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
10. Be even more cautious if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun.
Note: These tips may vary from person to person and are not intended to diagnose treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disability.