Whoever said Black don't crack
lied! Well, for the most part ;) Due to the higher amount of protective melanin in darker skins, it is true that Black men and women don't burn as easily. However, it doesn't mean we should be completely neglectful of sun protection. According to The Guardian, darker Black skins have a natural SPF of about 13.4% while pale White skin has about 3.4% but these figures are nowhere near close enough for us to even consider ditching sun screens.
The ills of sun damage i.e. skin cancer, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation need to be kept at bay and this can only be done with extra effort on our part. So, what's needed? A defence against the sun with a lotion that has an SPF of at least 30 with both UVA and UVB protection. Also, where most sun creams contain hefty amounts of zinc or titanium oxide that give it its stark white colour and subsequently give dark skins a blue/grey hue, the three face SPFs I will be talking about in this post do no such thing.
1. Eucerin Sun Gel-Creme Oil Control Dry Touch SPF 50+
Specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin, this has a very high sun protection factor. It's often difficult to find a sun protectant that caters for oily skins, with a high SPF and that doesn't leave a greyish film after application but this little gem does all of the above!
While it's protecting, it's also ensuring that your skins condition is improved. You will appreciate the fact that it is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and paraben-free thus reiterating the fact that it is great for irritable acne-prone skin leaving a lasting dry matte finish. Get it at Dis-Chem for R179.
2. Nimue Skin Technology SPF 40
Now, I'm not sure if this is the same as the Nimue Sun-C SPF40 Sunscreen but I think it is so I'll go ahead and rave about it! I received this sun protectant as part of a separate Nimue Skin Technology campaign, however, I've been super impressed with it so I just had to include it in this trio. Nimue SPF40 is beautifully formulated and is the most lightweight of the face SPFs included in this list.
It's non-oily and a dream to moisturise into the skin. You can also trust Nimue to develop a product that carries anti-ageing benefits to assist in reducing and preventing visible signs of photo ageing (ageing triggered by exposure to the sun). I feel comfortable wearing this alone post my regular daily moisturiser. No blue/greyish film and the smell isn't repulsive.
3. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Radiance Make Up Base SPF30
A primer made it onto this list and that only means it's that good! I despise unnecessary steps in make-up application and the Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Radiance Make-Up Base makes up for when I unknowingly skipped that crucial step after moisturising.
True to the nature of make-up primers, this one is enriched with radiance-enhancing extracts and illuminates skin for a fresh and natural glow. The presence of such a high sun protection factor is welcomed as an extra barrier blocks out harmful UV rays. You don't have to worry about a blue/greyish film after massaging it into the skin and its the perfect hydrating base for foundation application.
Have you tried any of these face SPFS? Which is your favourite?
Labels: review, skincare, spf, sun protection