There seems to be a myth among people with darker complexions that there is no need to apply sunscreen. I, too, use to believe this! I mean,dark skin is evolutionarily designed to tolerate the sun rays, so why waste time and money on sunscreen? However, in our modern times with pollution and other factors, our skin is changing. We cannot see the differences but over time we will notice the fine lines and age spots much earlier than what we anticipated. To help prevent these changes, adding a thin layer to sunscreen will help you in the long run! And yes, that means wearing the sunscreen in both summer and winter!
Here is a visual guide to help you determine which skin type you belong to. Known as“The Fitzpatrick Skin Type”, it is a skin classification system first developed in 1975 by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, of Harvard Medical School. It measures genetic disposition and reactions to sun exposure.
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- Type I (scores 0–6) Pale white; blond or red hair; blue eyes; freckles — Always burns, never tans
- Type II (scores 7–13) White; fair; blond or red hair; blue, green, or hazel eyes — Usually burns, tans minimally
- Type III (scores 14–20) Cream white; fair with any hair or eye color; quite common — Sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly
- Type IV (scores 21–27) Moderate brown; typical Mediterranean skin tone — Rarely burns, always tans well
- Type V (scores 28–34) Dark brown; Middle Eastern skin types — Very rarely burns, tans very easily
- Type VI (scores 35+) Deeply pigmented dark brown to black — Never burns, tans very easily
As you can see darker complexions needs sunscreen with a SPF 15 or higher.
All of these sunscreens can be worn under makeup; allow 5 minutes for the sunscreen to dry before applying makeup.
Normal Skin (VEGAN & PARABEN-FREE)
DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF30+
$25.95 for 2.5 oz/75 ml
Oily Skin (VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PARABEN-FREE)
KISS MY FACE® Face Factor SPF 30 For Face and Neck
$12.95 for 2 oz/ 59 mL
Combination (VEGETARIAN, PARABEN-FREE)
alba BOTANICA® Very Emollient Sunscreen facial broad spectrum spf30
$11.49 for 4 oz/ 113 g
Dry (VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, PARABEN-FREE)
COOLA® Face spf 30 Cucumber moisturizer
$32.00 for 1.7 oz/50ml
Sensitive (VEGAN, PARABEN-FREE)
California Baby® Super Sensitive ™ (No Fragrance) Broad Spectrum SPF 30+
$19.99 for 2.9oz/82 g