Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

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Welcome to Skincerely Clare! A skincare blog for the African millennial who wants to clear acne and dark spots.

Sun protection during the dry season

Sun protection during the dry season

It's going to be January in no time. Which means the dry season is nearly upon us. Do you remember how hot it was from January to April-ish this year? Unbelievable.

The sun damage from these hot months can result in a lot of skin issues: uneven tone, dark spots, pimples, premature aging, dryness, sunburn etc.

Thankfully, I have a tip to boost your sun protection. A black umbrella.

Explain...

According to this study by JAMA Dermatology, a regular black umbrella blocked 90 - 95% UV radiation.

The darker the umbrella, the better protection it provides. In the study, light umbrellas blocked only up to 77% UV radiation.

So why not go the tried and chic route with a black umbrella?

Or use a parasol (an umbrella for the sun)? A UV blocking parasol can block up to 99% of radiation. I’m sure we would all love to own a UV blocking parasol like a character in a Jane Austen novel. If you neeeeed one, Brelli makes beautiful parasols.

I'm sticking to a regular black umbrella for now.

The darker the umbrella, the higher the sun protection it provides

Tips for Sun Protection During the Dry Season

  • Avoid moving under the hot sun i.e. from around 9am-4pm.

  • Use a black umbrella to shield you from the sun if you have to move around.

  • Diligent sunscreen application.

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat if holding an umbrella is too much for you.

  • Wear UV protective eyewear.


Did you know a regular black umbrella could offer some sun protection? Will you be using one come the dry season? Let me know in the comments!

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