I've always been an extremely curious girl. I recall beaching one day with my mom and seeing people slather themselves in this purple cream and asking how come we aren't doing the same. Her response was, "Black people don't need that!" BOY was she wrong! ( don't tell I her said that)
Not to mention the CopperTone commercials & if you're a Miami Girl like myself, there's no doubt in my mind that this billboard was your favorite. Until last year, I've never worn SPF. After becoming a licensed esthetician I now realize the importance and biggest misconception of the need for SPF.
Skin is an excellent record keeper. Every moment of exposure to daylight adds up like money in the bank – the problem is the payoff known as sun damage (also known as photodamage) As the top cause of premature signs of skin aging, sun damage shows on skin in the form of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (dark spots), and can lead to a repressed immune system and the potential for skin cancer.
Your skin can be harmed by constant sun exposure, whether or not you see a burn. Remember, sunburn is an immediate reaction, but damage from the sun occurs over a lifetime.
The first line of daily defense against sun damage is daily use of Sun Protection. Higher number SPFs offer slightly more protection, but also contain more chemicals. Most people dread using it because of the whites film and greasy residue some leave behind. I suggest mixing it with your favorite moisturizer for better consistency& slip.
Sun exposure causes most of the skin changes that we think of as a normal part of aging. Over time, the sun's ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching.
When we are exposed to UV rays, our melanocyte will produce more pigment (melanin) to protect us from the harmful rays. This can be damaging to our cells, especially if it results in a sunburn. When cells have been damaged, the Tyrosinase enzyme will send a “misfire” of oxidation to Tyrosine which will result in overproduction of pigment. This is called hyperpigmentation.
Sun Protection is key in preserving your youth. Preferably a Broad spectrum SPF.It's easier to prevent, then to correct.