I was young and naive once traipsing around outside in the sun with no sunscreen and not a care in the world. Those days are gone, and I’ve wizened up. Spending years trying to get rid of hyperpigmentation made me start slathering on sunscreen and ducking and dodging the sun as if I could hide from it.
Once I got into wearing sunscreen daily, I quickly realized that as I black woman, I have to be careful because most of the sunscreens that I tried initially left me with a white cast because of the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Now I’m eternally on a hunt for any sunscreen that will protect my skin yet keep me from looking casket ready.
My quest led me to this $24 sunscreen from Elensilia. I was slightly familiar with the brand because of my affinity for their sheet masks so when Masksheets.com had a sale on sun products I jumped on it! Now I’m no expert in Korean sunscreens, but this one has an SPF 50 and offers both UVA and UVB protection and has no white cast, so I’m all in. The other thing I love about this product is the texture. It’s lightweight, and it doesn’t peel or feel weird underneath my makeup. It also has some Niacinamide which brightens the skin, so I’m winning over here.
Enchante Marine Energy Sun Gel SPF 50+/PA++++
Available at Masksheets.com
FYI from JAAD.org
American Academy of Dermatology recommendations for photoprotection and early detection of skin cancer in people of color
•Seek shade whenever possible.
•Wear sun-protective clothing.
•Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shade the face and neck, and shoes that cover the entire foot.
•Wear sunglasses with UVR-absorbing lenses.
•Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF ≥30. Sunscreens without inorganic filters (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) are generally better accepted by people of color because of their better cosmesis on dark skin.
•Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15-30 min before going outdoors. When outdoors, reapply every 2 h to all exposed skin, and after perspiring or swimming.
•Avoid exposure to indoor tanning beds/lamps.
•Take vitamin-D supplement: 400 IU daily for infants age ≤1 y, 600 IU daily age 1-70 y, and 800 IU daily age >70 y.
•Perform monthly self-skin examinations, paying close attention to subungual skin, palms, soles, mucous membranes, groin, and perianal area.
So lovelies, how diligent are you with your sunscreen application and do you have a favorite brand?