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3 Reasons Why Sunscreen for Black Skin is Important

  1. Skin Cancer Prevention

It has become a misconception that black skin doesn’t need sunscreen. Many believe the melanin in black skin provides adequate protection, which is untrue! Melanin is the color or pigment we see everywhere that is created by cells in the body. While melanin does naturally provide protection from the sun, it is nowhere near enough. Ultraviolet rays still have the potential to damage skin and lead to skin cancer such as melanoma. Because many doctors and patients believe people of color are immune to skin cancer, diagnosis is often delayed, sometimes until the disease is advanced and potentially fatal.

Ethnically diverse woman applying Urban Skin Rx® products to her face


  1. Premature aging

Let’s talk about anti-aging! Of course, we all age. But what if I told you that sun exposure can actually speed up the process? Any amount of sun exposure and damage from earlier years can cause the collagen in the skin to breakdown and result in creases, fine lines and wrinkles. When your collagen is strong and healthy, your skin is more likely to bounce back and LESS likely to have signs of aging and loss of elasticity.


  1. Hyperpigmentation

Now if your main concern starts with Hyperpigmentation (Dark marks, Acne scars, etc), sunscreen should be at the top of your list of products! Sun exposure is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation, as it's sunlight that triggers the production of melanin in the first place. Melanin acts as your skin's natural sunscreen by protecting you from harmful UV rays. Although we have products formulated for achieving an even skin tone, Not using sunscreen could not only stop progress, but could reverse it!

The good news is that it's never too late to adopt healthy-skin habits!

Take a look at our DermShield All Skin Sun Protection Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 , Our Mineral based formula that doesn't leave a grey/white film!

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