Beauty: We May Not Wrinkle But We Sag–Black Women and Sun Damage

We’ve all heard the term, “black don’t crack.” For the most part, it’s true–oily skin, darker skin with a thicker layer tends not to wrinkle as readily as our paler sisters. But know this–just as sure as wrinkles can show your age, so can sagging of the connective tissue–that hang-dog, jowly look you often see when black women reach middle age. I bet you think that just comes with the territory. Nuh uh. According to all-knowing, all-seeing Dr. Memet Oz, 90% of all skin sagging is due to sun damage. Extensive sun damage causes the connective tissue underneath the top layer to sag like a hunk of melting wax.

Other tips for sagging skin from Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Susan Evans:

1. Avoid sun damage. The #1 cause for premature aging is sun damage, almost 90%. Use sunblock when outdoors. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Don’t smoke; smoking is the second most common cause of premature aging.

BB&W product picks for sunscreens:

Rx for Brown Skin Age Block UV Shield SPF 15 $29.95, Anti-aging sunscreen helps to prevent hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and dark spots. Goes on completely clear and doesn’t feel heavy.

Become Age Resistant Day Screen $59, contains zinc oxide, antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients. Does not go on pasty.


IS CLINICAL SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen $32, non-pasty, good protection with antioxidants and anti-inflamatory ingredients.