For those who think darker skins need sunscreen as much as others to protect against the nasty UV and skin cancer, this is wrong. Darker skins shouldn't use traditional sunscreen, even less daily. Let us explain.
Our daily passive exposure to sunlight year-round – even on seemingly sunless and chilly days, combined with the blue light radiations coming from our electronic devices, is where most of our photoaging - the premature aging of our skin due to sunlight and UV radiation - is happening.
In addition to contributing to premature aging at an alarming rate, the sun is also one of the key contributors to one of the most common dermatological conditions: hyperpigmentation. Thankfully, research is showing that plant-based, topical ingredients can be effective alternatives to well-known, but riskier ingredients such as hydroquinone.
Skin hyperpigmentation happens when our skin produces too much melanin and leaves dark spots behind. These dark spots on the skin often develop on the face, neck, shoulders, and the hands. Melasma during pregnancy is one form of hyperpigmentation. Although this condition is usually harmless, it can be difficult to hide and embarrassing.