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Summer is coming to an end but sunscreen is still vital year-round. Are you applying sunscreen properly and choosing an SPF that is appropriate for your skin? Lets go into more detail on how to protect your skin from UV rays throughout the year.


Don’t waste money on SPF above 50

A high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) will often trick your mind into thinking that you can stay in the sun longer. This is not always recommended because sunscreen is still washed off due to water, sweat, clothing and towels. SPF 15 has been found to block 94% of UV rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of rays and SPF 45 blocks 98% of rays. None offer 100% protection. For fair skin tones, an SPF of 30 is usually sufficient. For darker skintones, SPF 15 is usually enough to stay protected.


Apply before going outside

Sunscreen takes about 15 minutes to absorb into the skin. Waiting until you’ve already felt your skin heating up is already leading to skin damage. Apply 30 minutes before you plan to venture out into the sun.


Use enough sunscreen

Don’t forget your ears, neck, and face when applying sunscreen. Ask a friend to help you reach your back or use a spray sunscreen. Use a lip balm containing SPF to prevent damaged lips as well. Sunglasses are also useful in protecting eyes.


Reapply your sunscreen throughout the day

Regardless of your SPF factor, sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day and during time spent outdoors. As mentioned before, sunscreen can easily be washed off if you are spending a day in the water or playing sports involving sweating. Even water-resistant sunscreen should be reapplied every 2-3 hours to guarantee protection.


Enjoy the outdoors at the right times

UV rays peak during midday. Try to limit your outdoor activities to morning and afternoon hours. Sunscreen will still be needed but the UV rays are less powerful at these times.


In 2009, twice as many American men died from melanoma than women. This could be attributed to women’s use of several beauty products and makeup that sometimes already contain sunscreen. Also the beauty industry often targets women more than men giving women constant reminders of skin health. Don’t be apart of the 66% of men that don’t wear sunscreen daily! This number is even further increased when speaking of African American men, as there is the perception that UV rays do not harm black skin. This could not be further from the truth. Black skin may not burn but it is still damaged in the form of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Always wear sunscreen to prevent signs of aging and possible skin cancer!

razorbumpsMany black men suffer from razor bumps within the beard area from shaving. Razor bumps are hair follicles that never make it out of the skin when growing after they have been cut. This results in raised, red and sometimes painful bumps. Prevention of these bumps can aid in skin complexion and smoothness. It all begins with the way you shave and what tools you use. Read on to learn more.


Your Tools

Ensure that the razor you are using is sharp enough to cut the hair on one pass. Running the razor multiple times over your skin leads to more chances for hair to grow improperly. Use a clear razor and rinse your blade after every stroke. Shaving cream and water are also necessary. Never shave skin dry, as the blade will need lubrication. It will also be easier to develop razor bumps and irritation when shaving dry skin. Many men overlook shaving gels. Try Chimere Bump Control Shave Gel as it help hair stand away from the skin. Shaving immediately after or during showering will help open your pores and make hair soft and easier to shave.


Your Technique

Shaving against the grain will allow for a closer shave, but it will also cause hairs to be cut too short allowing for issues when growing back. When cut shorter, hairs are able to curl back into the skin causing ingrown hairs. Shave with the grain, as this will prevent close shaves and the possibility of ingrown hairs. Another common practice is to pull the skin taut while shaving. Again this allows for a close shave but also razor bumps from running the blade along your skin.


Finishing your Routine

Rinse your face with cool water to close the pores and prevent dirt and debris from entering your freshly exposed skin. Finish off with Chimere Bump Control After Shave Gel to further refresh and tighten skin. This powerful formula also protects against future razor bumps and ensures that the hair will grow back out of the skin rather than forming an ingrown hair.


Prevention of razor bumps starts with your shaving routine. If you’re already suffering from these pesky bumps, we’ll discuss in our next skin care for black men article ways to treat them.