Black Girl Summer Skin Care Guide
It’s hard to believe that this year is already almost half way over and summer, once again, is knocking on our door, LOUDLY. Being the good parent that you are, you are well aware that it is by far no secret that wearing sunscreen is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your little outdoor adventurers. However, it’s finding the right formula for your skin that can be a challenge. Many people, especially who are darker in pigment, complain that sunscreen makes them appear ashy/ghostly, feel super tacky, or even that their skin is dried out! — which is a problem. Remember that the number on a bottle, by adding a zero afterward (i.e. SPF 15 equals 150 minutes) signifies how many minutes that sunscreen will protect the wearer. The higher the number, the longer it’s deemed to last against those little rays of sunshine. Here are some of my top 3 favorites when it comes to sunscreen selection and the SPF they rock!
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin (19 for 2): A wonderful mineral sunscreen, you can count on the zinc oxide for broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection and oat extract to keep skin moisturized and protected at the same time. The thick lotion is far from greasy and is free of fragrance, parabens, dyes, and phthalate, you name it! Which is wonderful to consider should your little one have skin sensitivity.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk, $36: My ALL TIME favorite when it comes to protecting my little guys. It doesn’t leave them looking like they rolled around in baby powder, is a beautifully lightway formula free of parabens, dyes, and artificial fragrances and though it claims to be water resistant for up 80 minutes, I apply again anyway once they’ve come in from a dip.
All Good SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen ($15): By far another favorite, and not horribly priced. All Good is a coral-friendly, non-greasy, broad-spectrum sunscreen contains zinc oxide as well as soothing chamomile. It isn’t horribly visible on the skin after application and all but disappears after a few minutes. Plus, it smells DIVINELY.
No matter what you choose, just make sure you take the time to choose and protect yourself and little ones from that ball of light we love so much! Make sure your littles shower regularly after both time in the pool and sunblock usage. You don’t want those little pores of theirs clogging up early, do you? I also highly recommend also seeing if you can find travel pack sizes of these various sunscreens (often found at local pharmacy stores, etc) and give it a go. One size doesn’t fit all, much like skincare, and what works for you, may very well not work for your little! Enjoy your summer and stay protected!