How do I Stop Asian Skin From Going Dark in the Sun?

Melanin refers to the pigment within skin that gives it color.
Melanin refers to the pigment within skin that gives it color. (Image: beautyfull Asian image by Frenk_Danielle Kaufmann from

Asian skin has more melanin than Caucasian skin, making it less susceptible to the sun’s harsh rays. Asians do not demonstrate signs of aging as quickly as light-skinned Caucasians due to this built-in sun block. This means less age spots, sagging and wrinkles for Asians. While Asians are not as likely to burn in the sun as Caucasians, their skin will still darken, or tan. To prevent the darkening of Asian skin, vigilantly apply products containing SPF before going out into the sun.

Things You'll Need

  • One bottle of general-use sunscreen
  • One bottle of facial sunscreen

Select Sunscreen

Look for general-use sunscreen that contains an SPF of 30 or higher and guards against both UVA and UVB rays. Key ingredients the sunscreen should contain include oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, avobenzone, ecamsule, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.

Look for sunscreen labeled "water-resistant."

Select a container of sunscreen specially formulated for the face. Look for a sunscreen containing SPF of 50 or higher and guards against UVA and UVB rays. Facial sunscreens are less likely to cause breakouts and clog pores.

Apply Sunscreen

Apply 1 oz. of sunscreen to any areas of the body that will be in the sun 30 minutes prior to going outside; 1 oz. of sunscreen is equal to one shot glass.

Apply 1 tsp. of facial sunscreen to the face and neck 30 minutes prior to going outside.

Reapply facial and body sunscreen every two hours. If you are at the pool or beach, reapply after getting out of the water each time.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your skin is sensitive, look for a sunscreen formulated for your skin type and stay clear of sunscreens containing fragrance or dyes. For maximum protection apply sunscreen and then cover up with clothing, and a broad-brimmed hat. Sit in shady areas when outside.
  • Failure to wear sunscreen can result in skin damage, aging and skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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