Sunscreen for Spots
As a dark skin girl who hated the idea of my skin getting even darker in the summer I spent my teenage and early twenties running away from the sun at peak hours. I didn’t love my darker hue in my thirties but I accepted it since I spent many days taking my children to the beach. In my forties as I started to embrace my natural hair I believe that is when I also decided to love my skin color no matter how dark it got in the summer months. Loving myself wholly was not running to get out of the first drops of rain and frolicking in the sun soaking up all its rays.
I did not use sunscreen in my thirties and although my melanin is still not showing signs of cracking I do use sunscreen now. We are raised being told that our skin does not need protection from the sun, that we could never get skin cancer or shouldn’t worry about wrinkles but what about hyperpigmentation? Hyperpigmentation is darkening of the skin and discoloration, usually due to higher than normal levels of melanin most often from acne or skin variations like eczema that darkens the affected areas.
Sunscreen protects skin from the sun’s UV rays that lead to uneven skin-tones and hyperpigmentation, something most women and men of color suffer from at one time or another. For my acne scars which are not abundant I am using lemon juice with honey followed by a sunscreen to help fade marks. I leave the lemon juice and honey mixture on like a facial for ten to fifteen mins and rinse and do this twice a week. I use the sunscreen everyday.
I cannot vouch for its anti-wrinkle goodness since I have only been applying it in the summer and only within the past year but helping to reduce acne marks it has been a winner.
Are you using sunscreens this summer?