Can black people get sunburn?
Admit it, this question has crossed your mind at least once.
While most people would assume the answer is no (I was one of those people until a few days in the sun left my skin on FYE), the truth is that sunburn isn’t just a YT people problem.
Sure, the darker your skin, the longer it takes to burn, but if you plan on spending lots of time outside you might want to think about protecting yourself.
All the #MelaninMagic in the world can’t save you from this sun shining through this depleted ozone layer.
Too much sun exposure can be bad for your skin in more ways than one. Sunburn, sun poisoning, and skin cancer are nothing to play with.
Black don’t crack, but it will if you don’t take care of yourself!
Keep reading to learn how to prevent the sun from burning your black ass this summer. You (and your skin) will thank me later.
Wear The Right Clothing
It goes without saying that the parts of your body that are directly exposed to the sun will burn quicker. When possible, try to wear loose fighting clothes, a hat, and sunglasses when you plan on spending lots of time in the sun.
Your clothing will create a barrier between you and the sun which can help you avoid getting burned.
If you want to be extra cautious, you can even check out some UV protective clothing options.
Find Some Shade
Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you need to be directly in the sun.
Hang out under shaded areas when possible.
If you’re planning a trip to the beach, take an umbrella or something else that you can sit under so the sun won’t be shining directly on you.
Studies have shown that taking Omega-3 can help prevent sunburn and skin cancer.
If you know you’re not the type to wear sunscreen or put extra thought into your outfit when you’re getting ready to spend a day in the sun, Omega-3 can be a great option.
This fatty acid can be purchased in pill form and taken once a day. Omega 3 also has other health benefits including lowering blood pressure and reducing the chance of heart attacks and strokes.
Avoid The Sun At Certain Times Of Day
Did you know that the sun can be more damaging during certain hours of the day?
If you can help it, try to avoid going in the sun between the hours of 10am and 4pm. During these times, the sun’s rays are more powerful and can cause the highest amount of damage to your skin.
Last but not sure as hell not least: sunscreen.
Lots of black folk stroll right on by the sunscreen section of the store, but y’all better stop.
Sun screen is the easiest — and probably most effective — way to protect yourself from the sun.
When buying sun screen, remember that the higher the SPF the better.
Apply sun screen about 20-30 minutes before you plan on being in the sun, and re-apply throughout the day.
If you’re going to be swimming or sweating, re-apply your sunscreen hourly.
Black People Can Get Sunburn – Don’t Be One Of Them
As someone who recently got over a serious case of sunburn, I know just how annoying it can be.
Not only does your skin feel irritated, but all the peeling ain’t cute.
If you’ve already fallen victim to sunburn, we’ll cover how to treat it in another article.