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Summer is just around the corner. Days are getting warmer, the sun is shining more, it’s just the best time of the year to spend time outside and replenish some Vitamin D before cold days come again.
This post is a friendly reminder to keep reaching for your SFP in this time of the year and keep your skin safe under the sun. ☼
Sunscreen for Dark Skin
Does it make sense for me as a dark-skinned black woman, to wear sunscreen?
Yes it does! Growing up with the biggest sunscreen myth that darker skin tones don’t need a daily dose of SPF, has led me to neglect protecting my skin for years from the sun.
My skin is prone to hyperpigmentation that is mostly caused by sun exposure. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) is one of the most effective way for me to prevent sun-induced discoloration and keep my skin in general protected and healthy.
Melanin does give darker complexions some sun protection, but it’s not enough to ward off those damaging rays. Anyone, no matter their skin tone, need to use a sunscreen to protect our skin from sun-induced damage — such as sun spots, wrinkles and cancer.
Just make sure you’re getting the best protection against sun damage, by using at least a SPF of 20, that doesn’t leave a noticeable white cast on your melanin rich skin.
Sun Protection with i+m Naturkosmetik Berlin
Today I’ll introduce you to the Mineral Sun Protect series of i+m Naturkosmetik Berlin. i+m Naturkosmetik Berlin is a german fair, organic, vegan and 100% climate neutral cosmetic brand, aiming to change the world with Beauty, by putting Fairness, Ecology, Animal Welfare and Daring always before profit. 25% of the profit is donated to world-improving projects. Such as the i+m women’s shelter in Zambia.
The Sun Protect Range of i+m Naturkosmetik Berlin consists of a total of 5 products:
❂ Sun spray SPF 50
❂ Sun Lotion Sensitive SPF 30
❂ Sun Lotion SPF 30
❂ Sun Cream SPF 30
❂ After Sun Gel
SFP’s Most Important Facts:
☼ Nanoparticle-free: At i+m Naturkosmetik Berlin, all mineral sun creams are nanoparticle-free. Nanoparticles have been criticized for their hormone-like effects and high allergy potential.
☼ No waiting time: The Sun Protect series uses mineral sunscreen in organic quality. The mineral filters are applied directly to the skin and naturally reflect UVA/UVB rays like small mirrors. At the same time, they convert the rays into heat and provide protection from harmful UV light without requiring a 20-minute wait.
☼ Reef Friendly: Every year, fourteen tons of sunscreen end up in the world’s oceans, which is said to be partly responsible for coral death and coral bleaching. i+m mineral sunscreens are environmentally and reef-friendly, they do not harm coral reefs or aquatic organisms.
☼ No whitening effect: Improved formula of the Sun Screen products absorbs quickly into your skin without leaving a white residue. This makes them ideal for both – light and dark skin types.
☼ The More the Merrier: Sunscreen should always be applied generously to achieve the specified SPF. As a guideline: For the face, you could use, for example, 1 gram of sunscreen, which is the size of a two euro piece. While sunbathing, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen regularly.
Sun Lotion SPF 30
Its particularly mild formulation doesn’t contain synthetic or allergenic fragrances. I mostly apply the sun lotion before I go outside. Both products are waterproofed in case it gets wet.
Mineral Sun Spray SPF 50
The sun protect series has been newly supplemented with a mineral sun spray. It offers a more quick and easy way to apply sunscreen.
It has an extra high sun protection factor of 50 and absorbed quickly into my skin without sticking and greasing. When applied, there are literally no traces left behind. This makes it also suitable for my skin tone.
Facial Sun Cream
For the face I use the waterproof facial sun cream with SPF 30. It’s very easy to apply and has a mild-pleasant smell.
At the end of the day there is still the aftersun gel. Honestly I’m not used to use an after sun in my skin care routine. But after I figured out how it actually works, it makes sense for me to use one.
Apart from providing cooling relief to sunburned skin, the after sun helps to soothe and hydrate your skin. This can reduce the effects of free radical damage. I apply it after my skin is exposed to the sun.
Natural Blue Light Protector
Did you know that blue screen light from cell phones and computers can promote the development of free radicals?
Knowing this left me a bit skeptical because I spend an average time of ten hours a day sitting in front of a screen.
But even for this case I’m well provided for. Thanks to Butterfly Lilac the facial sun screen offers strong protection against blue light rays.
For those who don’t know: Butterfly lilacs are flowers and known for their Anti Blue Light Filter Effect against natural and artificial light, such as screen light.
Beauty and Sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive
The sun protect range meets my needs for a sustainable and skin-friendly sunscreen that protects my skin while being kind to the environment. i+m Naturkosmetik Berlin proves that Beauty and Sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If you’re interested in trying out one of their products, you can take advantage of the following discount code to get 20% percent off on everything in the online store: BATHY22
*This code can only be used once, and can’t be redeemed for product sets, free trials, or sales. The code valid until 15.06.22.
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