I found these comics here, and this one:
reminded me that although sunscreen doesn’t protect us from sexism it’s still important! As a brown-skinned person, I didn’t realize this until recently – although darker-skinned people are less susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, those who do develop skin cancer have higher mortality rates than lighter-skinned people.
Here are some guidelines for applying sunscreen and sun safety in general, taken from the FDA:
Check product labels to make sure you get:
- a “sun protection factor” (SPF) of 15 or more. SPF represents the degree to which a sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn.
- “broad spectrum” protection—sunscreen that protects against all types of skin damage caused by sunlight
- water resistance—sunscreen that stays on your skin longer, even if it gets wet. Reapply water-resistant sunscreens as instructed on the label
Tips for applying sunscreen:
- Apply the recommended amount evenly to all uncovered skin, especially your lips, nose, ears, neck, hands, and feet.
- Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out in the sun.
- If you don’t have much hair, apply sunscreen to the top of your head, or wear a hat.
- Reapply at least every two hours.