Ultrasun: Busting The Myths On SPF For Darker Skin Tones

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As discussed in our last blog, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and one of our favourite sunscreen brands,Ultrasun, have partnered up with educational platform the Black Skin Directory to launch the UK's first initiative to highlight the need for sun protection for all skin types and the myths surrounding SPF for dark skin.

“It's a long held myth amongst sections of BME (Black and minority ethnic) communities that dark skin doesn't require sun protection and the presence of melanin is enough to protect from the harmful effects of the sun and the development of skin cancer," says Dija Ayodele, Aesthetician and founder of Black Skin Directory. “All skin tones have melanin, however, darker skin has deeper and more active melanin cells, which affords a natural sun protection factor of approximately 13, but experts agree that this is insufficient to protect skin completely and people of colour must still practice sun safety including the application of sunscreen."

SPF 30 Or Above Is Essential

A broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or above is essential. Black skin can still suffer burns from being unprotected in the sun, which is an indicator that damage including cell mutation is happening further down in the dermal layers. Dija continues “Scientific research confirms that darker skin tones are less susceptible to skin disease like Melanoma, however the mortality rate is higher and deadlier amongst black people than amongst Caucasians, simply because usually at the point of diagnosis, the cancer is more advanced. Abi Cleeve, Ultrasun UK MD, agrees: "A high UVA% filter preferably of over 90% and SPF (UVB) of at least 30 is equally crucial for darker skin tones, both ¨for the prevention of skin cancer and preventing skin damage as part of a regular skin care routine.

UVA Causes And Worsens Hypigmentation

UVA's link to the cause and the worsening of hyperpigmentation is well established, and ensuring that protection is a daily skincare step is the best prevention tool. Application is also key to ensure maximum benefit. Protection should be applied indoors at least 15 minutes before going outside including under make-up as a primer all year round.

Ultrasun: Sun Protection For All Skin Types

Ultrasun has sun protection products for all skin types that deliver high, broad-spectrum protection leaving none of the chalky residue that those with darker skin tones are understandably keen to avoid. With this myth fully quashed, how do you guard against sun damage and skin cancer on darker skin tones?

  • Apply a daily broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen minimum factor 30 at least 15 minutes before going outside.
  • Seek shade during the hottest parts of the day, wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses and cover up in loose clothing.
  • Check your skin frequently for changes in colour, shape and size to existing moles or new moles. Skin cancer can also develop on the nail bed, palms, soles, buttocks and groin area.
  • Monitor cuts and sores that don't seem to heal properly or patches of skin that are dry and scaly without improvement.
  • Seek medical opinion quickly.

Discover The Best Sunscreens For You

Ultrasun offers a variety of products to suit different requirements and preferences, from sunscreen for black skin to sunscreen for fair skin tones. The Sports Gels (available in SPF 20, 30, 50) in a transparent gel formula particularly suited to darker skin tones. These sunscreens are rapidly absorbing and invisible on the skin leaving no chalky appearance. The Ultrasun Face range delivers high level UVA, UVB, Infrared-A protection and anti-ageing properties including Ectoin® (a rare natural ingredient scientifically proven to prevent UVA-induced premature photo-ageing of the skin).Ultrasun Face SPF 30 50ml is lightweight and fast absorbing, serving as a great primer under make up whilst still protecting.

Formulated in Switzerland using patented liposome technology, Ultrasun offers long-lasting, photostable and broad-spectrum sun protection that is water, sweat and towel resistant. The non-greasy, fast absorbing and easy to apply formulas deliver high level protection against harmful UV and Infrared-A rays. The entire Ultrasun range is free from: emulsifiers, perfumes and preservatives reducing the risk of an allergic reaction and prickly heat.

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This fast absorbing broad spectrum sunscreen is ideal for on-the-go use, uniquely designed so it absorbs into the skin and is the no.1 sunscreen for people who enjoy outdoor pursuits.

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This broad spectrum sun protection for the body contains Bronzyl, a natural tan enhancer, to help you develop a deep bronze tan safely.

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