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Sun Protection for Your Skin Type
Take care, the sun's rays are colour blind.

Whether your skin is fair or you have naturally dark black skin, you’re susceptible to sun damage, and you need to wear sun cream. That said, the SPF rating, the frequency with which you sun cream it up, and overall precautions should be considered based on your level of pigment. Let’s go.

Sun Protection for Your Skin Type

#1

FAIR SKIN

It’s crucial to make a truce with the sun’s harsh UV rays. You need to wear sun cream, on any and all parts of your body that are going to be exposed to the sun, and the more SPF the better. Truly, just because it’s overcast doesn’t mean those UV rays aren’t breaking through, they are, and you especially need to take skin protection seriously—our Sun Milk with SPF 50 goes on quite easy. In addition, when exposed try to wear a t-shirt, big hat, and sunglasses, and be sure to take breaks in the shade during the hottest parts of the day. A sun umbrella and/or trench coat wouldn’t hurt either. It’s crucial to make a truce with the sun’s harsh UV rays.

#2

MEDIUM-ISH TONES

People in this range tend to come from Asian, Native American, Hispanic, and Mediterranean backgrounds. You may consider yourself less at odds with the sun than your aforementioned friends; however, you’re still going to need to take measures to protect your skin. The fact is, everyone is susceptible to sun damage. While you’ll probably get by running a few errands around town without any sun cream, if you hit the beach you’re going to want to get lathered up. Using a mid-level protection–at least SPF15–will let you stay out in the sun a bit longer than your fair-skinned friends. Check out our Protect & Light Feel Invisible Cooling Mist–not only will it give you the protection you need, it goes on clear and won’t get tangled in your chest hair. Also, your eyes can and will get sunburned just like everyone else’s, so wear sunglasses with UV protection. Taking care and looking cool at the same time – now that’s what we call multi-tasking!

#3

DARK SKIN

Dark, black skin contains a high amount of the skin’s own pigment melanin and therefore filters about twice as much UV radiation than your fair skinned counterparts, so that’s sweet. That said, you are absolutely not immune to burning, and should still be taking steps to protect your skin. While you may be hesitant to wear sun cream due to the chalky like appearance that many leave, there are products that will actually blend quite well, such as our NIVEA Protect & Bronze Spray, so no more excuses. SPF 15 should do the trick.