Dear Black People,
Your Melanin is beautiful, but it will not protect you from Melanoma Cancer, #FACTS!
Melanin enriched skin is beautiful beyond measure and as powerful as our skin is, we must take precautionary measures to protect it at all costs.
Yes, we can get skin cancer too! Contrary to popular belief, people of color should use an SPF every day! Our minds tend to automatically associate it with caucasian skin who spend their days at the beach in the sun or frequent tanning salons. We fail to remember that people of color can be susceptible to the harsh UV rays. BLACK PEOPLE are 1.5 times more likely to die from melanoma than Caucasians.
How to protect yourself? SUNCARE = SELF CARE
USE CODE: SPF50 For 50% OFF
- The first step is to use SUNSCREEN daily! Yes, even on cloudy days! Clouds filter out sunlight but not UV rays; the bad ones that cause aging and cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation says that clouds block as little as 20% of UV rays — so on a cloudy day you're still getting up to 80% of the sun's harsh effects..
- Step 2, Choose the right Sunscreen. Use sunscreens that provide “broad-spectrum protection.” Board spectrum protection is something that will be advertised on the product label, and this means that the sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays – which are linked to skin cancer and sunburn, respectively.
- Step 3, Use SPF 30 or Higher. No sunscreen can block all UV rays, but what we do know is: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays.
- Step 4, Apply, and Reapply! Keep in mind that you need to use an adequate amount, and you may also need to reapply depending on how long you’re outdoors. The basic rule of thumb: You should reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours, and if you go swimming or get in the water, you should also reapply more sunscreen after exiting the water.
- Step 5, Know your skin, and visit your dermatologist! Understanding and knowing your skin is vital! 90% of Melanoma cases could be prevented if people took better care of their skin and recognized the signs and be aware of the ABCDEs melanoma detection.Make sure that you are checking for new spots and marks for Asymmetry, Borders, Excess Diameter, and Changes. As people of color, it is important to be diligent in examining our skin for any abnormalities.
BONUS TIP: Did you know the sun isn’t the only dangerous light in your life? Our cell phones, laptops, and other gadgets emit blue light that can be damaging for our skin. In our fast-paced society, we spend a great deal of our time locked in with our devices, whether in work settings or our leisure. Blue light can weaken the skin's surface, which makes signs of aging more apparent as it leaves room for wrinkles and fine lines. Check to see if your devices offer a setting to reduce the amount of blue light your screen emits and protect your skin with Vita C Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum 50.