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.
The ultraviolet sun ray UVA1 causes skin damage and is responsible for kickstarting the photoaging, or premature aging, process. The University of Michigan Department in Dermatology conducted a study and found that even in low levels, UVA1 ultimately leads to saggy and wrinkled skin. It is yet undetermined whether or not UVA1 exposure is linked to skin cancer. Finally, most sunscreens sold on the market do not protect against UVA1.
Photoaging happens when our skin is repeatedly exposed to harmful UV rays. Common symptoms are wrinkled and sagging skin, pigmented spots and loss of skin tone, among others. You’ll likely see the skin damage in the areas most often exposed to the sun; ie. face, neck, hands, and legs. Always be mindful of the sun and protect yourself against dangerous, cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation.