Now that summer is almost here, our days of having fun in the sun are on the rise. But before you head outdoors, be sure to lather on sunscreen.
Picnics in the park and lounging on the beach are fun, but can cause major skin damage if you’re not protected with sunscreen. Contrary to what many BGs think, we are susceptible to skin cancer due to sun exposure just like our fairer counterparts.
So while you’re packing your totes with magazines, snacks and cool drinks, be sure to toss in an extra bottle of sunscreen too. The best accessory this summer is healthy skin!
Here are a few sunscreen tips from renowned African-American dermatologist, Dr. Susan Taylor:
• All women with brown skin should use sunscreen daily
• Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you’re exposed to the sun to allow your skin to absorb the product and create a protective shield.
• Use sunscreen generously on all exposed skin—face, neck and hands. Apply at least a shot-glass full (about one ounce).
• Sunscreen in foundation wears off after only a couple of hours so it’s best to apply sunscreen separately, under makeup, or in moisturizers that say SPF 15 on the label.
Do you use sunscreen?
Check out some of these products:
Sephora Sun Safety Kit available at www.sephora.com for $25
Burt's Bees Natural Suncare Chemical-free Sunscreen SPF 15 available at www.walgreens.com for $12.99
Carol's Daughter Gelee de Soleil SPF 15 Tanning Oil available at www.sephora.com for $14
Murad Oil-free Sunblock SPF 30 available at www.sephora.com for $30
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 85 available at www.walgreens.com for $10.99
Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Creme SPF 15 available at www.sephora.com for $35
Bliss "The Big Sunscreen" SPF 30 available at www.blissworld.com for $30