Two sisters, Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa, founders of the black skin care line Bolden, are about to launch sunblock designed specifically for black people and other darker skin tones. Contrary to popular belief, black people actually do need sunscreen.
Melanin may naturally help fight the sun’s rays, but it also prevents from seeing the damage immediately, so added protection is a must. Unfortunately, most sunscreens leave a white residue on dark skin, which makes many black people not want to wear it.
In an interview with OkayAfrica, Chinelo says:
“A lot of black people don’t wear sunblock because they don’t see the damage immediately. There’s an issue with education around sunscreen in the black community.
Even though skin cancer doesn’t affect people of color as much as it affects people with white skin, that makes it more dangerous because it’s often not caught until it’s in an advanced stage.”
The formula for their brightening moisturizer sunscreen contains SPF 30 and Vitamin C, and dries without residue on the skin. Bolden is set to be rolled out this summer. Check out the full range here.
Evelyn from the Internets and Nikki Johnson recently tested out a bunch of sunblocks to see how they worked on black skin and from this video, it’s evident there are quality and affordable options are hard to find.