Here is the first chart we have ever run across that tells us what SPF protection we need depending on our skin type. Now you can find out which sunscreen to use if you are a slightly dark African-American, or an African-American with darker skin, or how to prevent burning if you are fair with a moderate amount of freckling, as opposed to fair with a light tan.
We are all so different: prevent premature aging, wrinkling, and drying skin by finding out which SPF is best for you.
People burn at different rates, even within the same skin type, so you must decide if you are more or less sensitive to sun exposure and take appropriate measures.
To be on the safe side, always reduce by half the stated protection on any product (for instance, if a product says it has an SPF of 8, only count on its being a 4. If you need an 8, get a 16.)
This chart will give you the recommended SPF for your skin color.
Albino.Tan type: none. Red sunburn with pain, swelling and peeling. SPF 50.
White.Tan type: as above. Great risk of freckles. SPF 50.
Fair.Tan type: very light after minor pink or red burns. Some risk of freckles. SPF 30.
Fair.Tan type: light. Slight risk of freckles. SPF 30.
Slightly dark.Tan type: dark. SPF 30.
Slightly dark.Tan type: dark, with less risk of sunburn. SPF 15-20.
Dark.Tan type: very dark. SPF 8-15
Black.Tan type: black. SPF 8.
Adapted from “Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin” by Pierre Jean Cousin (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Pierre Jean Cousin. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from “Anti-Wrinkle Treatments for Perfect Skin” by Pierre Jean Cousin (Storey Books, 2001).