Paraben-free, fragrance-free, oxybenzone-free sunscreen dries completely clear leaving no ashiness behind. Skin-loving ingredients include carrot seed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, and shea butter
Black Girl Sunscreen
The Founder: The Story Behind BlackGirlSunscreen
But people of color don't need sunscreen....right?
It is a myth that people of color don’t need to wear sunscreen. This misconception may have to do with much of the advertising and public awareness campaigns being geared towards fair-skinned individuals. However, people of color are also at risk of getting skin cancer despite additional melanin in the skin. In fact, African Americans have the highest rate of mortality in the U.S. population after receiving a melanoma diagnosis.
What does 'broad-spectrum' mean?
Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays. In order to be classified as offering broad-spectrum protection, a product needs to absorb or reflect at least 90% of the UV rays. BlackGirlSunscreen’s moisturizing lotion offers broad-spectrum coverage.
What's the difference between UVA and UVB rays?
UVA (ultraviolet A) rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB (ultraviolet B) rays and are primarily responsible for premature skin aging and wrinkling. UVA rays have also been shown to cause skin damaging at a cellular level. UVB rays damage the outer layers of the skin, and are the main cause of sunburn and play a key role in the development of cancer.
Why is the product oxybenzone-free? What is oxybenzone?
Oxybenzone is an active ingredient commonly used in making sunscreens because it provides broad spectrum ultra-violet coverage. However, it is a toxic chemical that can cause hormonal disruption, reproductive issues and allergic skin reactions. Further, oxybenzone has been directly linked to the environmental contamination in the form of coral bleaching and die-offs which contribute to the declining health of coral reefs. BlackGirlSunscreen is proud to be oxybenzone-free and still provide broad spectrum protection using alternative ingredients that are safe for people and the environment.