Summer is here and the neighborhood pools are open. Make sure that your SPF routine is ready for the beach, pool, and summer fun! Your skin has a certain amount of melanin- which is your protective pigment or "tan". Your natural amount of melanin is genetic and varies for each person. Darker complexions contain more amounts of melanin. Over exposure to the sun means that your skin cannot produce enough melanin/tan to protect you - this is when you burn. Darker complexions may not burn such as Caucasian skin but UV rays are still harmful to your skin and can cause skin cancer. Clear Essence carries many products containing SPF due to the important risk of sun damage to the skin and possible development of skin cancer after many years of damage. Sun damage can occur on any skin type or pigmentation level. Clear Essence is specifically formulated for people of color to maintain even and flawless skin tones. You can learn more about Clear Essence and see our full line of products at www(.)clearessence(.)com Try our Medicated Fade Crème with SPF 15 or Skin Beautifying Milk also containing SPF 15. We use Octyl Methoxycinnamate, a UV sunscreen that fights against premature aging and darkening of the skin, as well as Oxybenzoen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. We also carry the My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF 15 to even out skin tone and prevent future skin discolorations. Chemical sunscreens generally take about thirty minutes to start working, so it's important to remember to apply the sunscreen before you head out into the sun. If you wait till you are already on the beach or in the pool, it could be too late, and burning may have already begun. If you unfortunately get burnt this summer, try our My Natural Beauty Skin Tone Carrot Oil Bar Soap which has a formative effect in stimulating skin cell growth to rejuvenate wrinkled, aged, and dehydrated skin. The Anti-Oxidant features help to improve skin complexion by removing toxic build-up while protecting and repairing sun-damaged skin!