"The man who goes alone can start today;
But he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready"

-Henry David Thoreau

Melanin Traveller: Summer and Sunburns

Being of different shades of chocolate and accustomed to the heat of the sun which makes summer an everyday occurrence, a day at the beach usually requires no further essentials than a towel, flip flops, sunglasses and a swimsuit.

But hold on a second, pack that sunscreen! Or rather go buy some. We are sure a lot of you have none. Most people think sunscreen unnecessary by virtue of their melanin-ness and while a tan might not be visible on their skin, there can be damage done to it by over exposure to the sun.

The general misconception is a tan or sunburn is dependent on how hot it is and that only white folk can get sunburns. Well here’s a few facts. Sunburns are caused by over exposure to UV light which damages the skin. This is amplified when you are near reflective surfaces like the ocean or snow, which means you could get sunburns skiing in the winter. Secondly, sunburns and UV light have no skin colour discrimination, the damage is only more apparent on light skinned people, but even the dark chocolates need to protect their skin.

One of the members of our team was on the beach the other day without her sunscreen and got a hell of a burn. She’s gone from a light-skinned to milk chocolate and her skin burned for a few days. The poor thing. We’re sending you hugs and kisses.

So dear melanin travelers and beach lovers, add a sunscreen to your beach bag so you don’t damage your nice crème or chocolate gorgeousness.

Safe travels. 

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