How is Black skin different?

The obvious difference is color which is driven by the amount of melanin in the skin. Melanin is produced within the skin, in cells called melanocytes, and the quantity produced determines skin color. Skin color occurs on a spectrum and dermatologists will often use a Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale to describe skin color based on its reaction to sunlight exposure. Black people typically fall between IV and VI on this scale.
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A Primer on Sunscreen

As we happily head towards summer, we’re beginning to get more questions about sun protection and how to pick the right sunscreen. The easy answer is that the right sunscreen for you is the one you’ll wear religiously. There are a few caveats though, your sunscreen has to be broad spectrum and should have an SPF factor of at least 30. We’ll explain why these are important.

The sun’s rays take a toll on your skin; in the short-term, it can mean dealing with a painful sunburn or hyperpigmentation, and longer term, it can lead to photoaging (premature aging) and skin cancer.

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Vitamins in Skincare

The vitamins you’ll mostly find in your skincare are Vitamin A, Vitamin B (B3 and B5), Vitamin C, Vitamin E and the so called Vitamin F. If you’ve never heard of vitamin F, don’t worry, it’s not a real vitamin, the F stands for Fats and it refers to the omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

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