Black DOES Crack: 4 Tips on Sunburn Prevention

Black DOES Crack Sunburn Treatment & Prevention for Dark Skin

It’s Summer ’17! I usually share tips and reviews on destinations all over the world, but nothing in my own backyard. This summer I’m taking a break from traveling to do more in NYC.

An issue I see often is going to the beach, water park or vacation in general and not applying sunscreen. I’ll be honest, sunscreen is not something I religiously wore growing up, but as I became aware of the long term effects of sun exposure, I make it my business to wear sunscreen and facial moisturizers with SPF on a daily basis. It’s true, the melanin on dark skin allows us to not need as much sunscreen, but it still is necessary. Since July is UV Safety Month, here are some tips for preventing sunburn.

Sunburn prevention on Dark Skin

Use Sunscreen

Check your sunscreen labels and make sure you’re using one with an SPF of at least 30 and it is protecting you from UVA and UVB Rays. UVA rays cause you to tan while UVB ray exposure causes sunburn. Anything higher than 50, issa scam.

Protect Yourself

If you do plan on being outside, wear the proper gear. You can wear breathable clothing like cotton and wear a hat and sunglasses with UV protection.

UV Protective hat

Apply and Reapply

When applying sunscreen, apply at least 15-30 min before sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours. Most sunscreen is water resistant for this amount of time, but if you sweat a lot or are in the water and dry off, apply more frequently.

Stay Inside

If you don’t have to be outside, stay in between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Although it isn’t recommended to be out during these times, it IS the best time to be outside for vitamin D production.

Sunburn Prevention for Dark Skin

Just because you have these tips doesn’t mean you won’t slip up. The majority of my birthday weekend in Martinique was spent on the beach and I burned and peeled for the first time when I got home. It wasn’t as bad as my cousin, but it was because of too much time in the sun and not reapplying. If you happen to get a sunburn, treat the area with a cool washcloth and apply some aloe vera gel to decrease stinging or itching. When it does get cool enough, make sure to keep the area moisturized as you skin begins to repair itself.

What type of sunburn prevention do you use?

13 thoughts on “Black DOES Crack: 4 Tips on Sunburn Prevention

  1. loveatanystage

    Thanks for the reminder! And LOL at the good side eye you anything over 50 SPF.


  2. Carissa (The Green Eyed Lady)

    Thanks for sharing! My husband doesnt believe he is supposed to wear sunscreen because he is darker, but I still make he wear it. After I spray the kids I spray him too LOL!


  3. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

    This is a tip I really need to follow Joanna – I have been guilty of not protecting my skin from the sun and over the past couple of years I have been peeling away. Thanks for the important reminder!


  4. Tomiko

    I’m so bad about wearing sunscreen and I know I should. It’s like I take all of this melanin for granted. I really need to do better


  5. staciesayzso

    Sunscreen is soo important. I remember getting a sunburn and I had no idea what was going on!


  6. Zuqueta

    Thanks for these tips. My husband learned the hard way. I’m headed out of town in a few weeks. Guess I’ll pick up some Aloe Vera 🤦🏽‍♀️


  7. Jonna

    I have a beach day planned on Friday. I’ll have to use these sun safety tips because my skin does not like extreme heat.


  8. tiffanytravelsblog

    It is very true, sunscreen is very important and always forget to buy and bring it with me on my trips. I got a sun burn and peeled from my last trip to Cuba. Its been 2 months and still have the tan lines.


  9. thestyleperk

    These are great tips! I’ve been doing better about re-applying sunscreen when I’m out in the sun for hours.


  10. Queen Thrifty

    Good reminder I normally don’t spend much time in the sun unless we’re traveling. Packing my sunscreen now off to Vegas soon.


  11. mimicutelips

    I used to be really terrible with this. This summer I’ve been much better. Consistent using it on myself and the kids.


  12. Adeola Naomi

    I will also had to stay hydrated and eat lot of vegetables and fruits.
    Currently spending time in Germany and there really is not to much sun to stay out!


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