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Osorhor Ogenevwegba Michael
Delta state polytechnic otefe oghara ( DESPO )
Graduate, Nigeria.
A lot of us in Africa don’t think that we need to wear sunscreen. The argument is that our melanin protects us from the sun and the havoc it can wreak.The sun contains ultraviolet rays that can penetrate the skin and damage or even kill skin cells.

There are two UV rays that are of concern. These are UVA (long wave) and UVB (shortwave). There is also UVC but thankfully, that doesn’t reach us on earth and so it is beyond the scope of this post. Parts of that statement are correct but it is not correct in totality.

lady using sunscreen
Sun exposure can lead to a range of conditions from hyperpigmentation of the skin all the way to skin cancer. While melanin does protect Africans from the sun’s rays more than, say, an Asian or European, it only gives about protection and this doesn’t block the harmful effects of the sun.

lady using sunscreen
Sunscreen keeps your skin healthier in other ways as well. It protects sensitive skin against sunburn and it reduces the appearance of sun damage – discolorations and dark spots, sagging or leathery skin, and wrinkles. These protections help your skin maintain a more even skin tone overall.

What are the top five reasons you believe everyone should wear sunscreen?

1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.

2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.

3. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations.

4. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.

5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.

Its been made known that homemade sunscreens are harmful and that a person should never consider making their own sunscreen. Their reasoning is that you can’t verify the SPF with homemade sunscreens, so the chance of burning is higher.

It is advisable to get a safe sun exposure. The amount and safety will vary by person and I definitely recommend doing your own research and talking to a knowledgeable naturopath or dermatologist to figure out what works best for you.

lady using sunscreen
Are you convinced that you need a sunscreen protector ?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below

Source www.dailyadvent.com/fashionbeauty/2019/06/09/stop-the-spending-so-much-on-soap-and-cream-see-what-you-need-the-most-for-your-skin/
Stop The Spending So Much On Soap And Cream, See What You Need The Most For Your Skin - Health & Fitness

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