The beauty tips we see circling the web may not be for everyone’s benefit and could be, in fact, myths. Not one individual’s skin is the same. When certain beauty “tips” are taken as true, it could cause harmful effects to the skin when treated as such. The most common myths often affect people of color. Here are 5 myths circulating the web about caring for skin of color and how to appropriately take care of your skin.

1. People with dark skin don’t need sunscreen.

Some say that the high amounts of melanin in skin types of color protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. However, that is not that case. Anyone can be a target of sunburn. The UV light penetrates the skin’s outermost layers which damages the skin cells, causes redness or irritation (a sunburn), and can lead to signs of premature aging and even skin cancer. Skin of color still needs protection from the sun’s rays. Wearing sunscreen containing at least 30 SPF or higher is your greatest defense from the sun and its harmful effects on the skin. 

2. Not all skin tones can get skin cancer.

Unfortunately, no skin type is immune from skin cancer. This harmful myth prevents some people of color from taking steps, like applying sunscreen or wearing a hat, to protect themselves from the sun. The reality is that anyone who doesn’t protect themselves from the damages of the sun is susceptible to skin-related diseases like skin cancer. It all comes back to wearing sunscreen. 

3. Dark skin doesn’t age or wrinkle. 

As much as we would like to believe this myth to be true, it’s not. It’s just an “old wives’ tale.” Unless you’re a vampire or some sort of supernatural creature, aging is inevitable and so are its effects on the skin. Luckily, there are products to prevent and reverse those dreaded wrinkles. Our 2-Step Wrinkle Defense System, which includes the Advanced Peptide Serum with Natural Extracts and Essential Anti-Puff Eye Gel with CoQ10 & Peptides. These products, when combined together, help prevent the aging effects on the skin.  The serum reduces wrinkles and gives a lifting effect for all skin types. It’s a simple 2-step process that will show great results.

4. People of color don’t get acne.

Sun spots, acne, scars, age spots, and other forms of hyperpigmentation are common for all skin types. The best way to protect the skin against hyperpigmentation is to apply a product containing vitamin C underneath sunscreen to absorb additional antioxidants and fight against environmental damages to the skin. Sanseti’s Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer contains a variety of helpful, natural ingredients, including vitamin C, to repair and protect the skin from environmental factors – the perfect product to apply before your sunscreen. 

5. There aren’t laser treatments or chemical peels for people of color.

Just like there are appropriate skin products for people of color, there are many effective treatments and peels tailored for those certain skin types. Laser treatments remove your skin layer by layer allowing the new skin to heal and give a more youthful looking face. Chemical peels have the same results through a different process. The chemical solution applied to the skin removes the skin’s top layers and causes the underlying skin to heal and create younger, healthier skin. Our Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer soothes irritated and dehydrated skin caused by chemical peels and laser treatments. 

These are just a few of the myths about caring for dark skin. Don’t believe everything you read on the web about your skin and about the skin types of others. Before doing anything to your skin based on something you’ve read online, do some research and educate yourself first. The “tip” you read about may not be true.

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