A recent study done by the US Center for Disease Control found that people of color were more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer at later and more fatal stages of the disease and had lower survival rates than their lighter skinned sisters. With more than one million new skin cancer cases being diagnosed every year, this is clearly info that Latinas can not ignore!
A lot of us with darker skin tones don't burn as easily, which many times makes us believe that we don't really need to wear sun screen all the time. While women of color have the benefit of more melanin in our skin (which helps protect our skin from some environmental damage), this does not make us immune to the damaging effects of the sun. The built-in sunblock provided by the melanin in our skin is just not enough. Unless you want to end up looking like Leather Face from those terrifying Texas Chainsaw Massacre flicks, you better start slathering on the sunscreen on any areas exposed on a regular basis to the suns rays.
Most doctors recommend at least an SPF of 15, but you are safest with SPF 30. From potions that balance your skin tone to all natural organic creams, here are our 5 favorite sunscreens!
Ambi Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30
Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation this advanced moisturizer goes beyond nourishing skin to help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of skin discolorations. Even better, the advanced sun protection helps protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. www.ambiskincare.com
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer™ Dry-Touch Sunblock
Available in hard-core SPF's like 55, 75 and 80 this sunblock is not messing around. But, thankfully Neutrogena has figured out a way to provide maximum protection with minimum greasy residue. This lotion utilizes a high tech sounding formula called Helioplex, Neutrogena promises that the block will stay on your skin longer and keep on providing protection, which means less re-application. www.neutrogena.com
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30
This moisturizer uses a soy complex combined with light diffusers to work at naturally evening out skin tone. It immediately reflects light from your face to smooth imperfections and bring out skin's natural radiance while providing advanced sun protection to prevent further damage. Plus, it's not greasy and absorbs quickly! www.drugstore.com
This organic suncare line uses only natural extracts in addition to active ingredients to create a quality product that is PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), paraben amd petroleum free. In an effort to spread the benefits of total sun protection to the rest of the world, Coola also donates a portion of its profits to skin cancer research. We love the Cucumber Face block SPF 30. Available at www.coolasuncare.com.
Murad Oil Free Sun Block SPF 30
Prevents signs of premature aging caused by environmental exposure by delivering high SPF protection with an oil-free lotion. Dr. Murad combined pomegranate extract with some broad spectrum sunscreens to help prevent free radical damage and protect the skin. Ideal for those of us with oilier skin, the micro minerals in this formula even provide a weightless matte finish. www.murad.com