Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
Ever since I got what looked (and felt) like a third degree burn on my back when I was in 7th grade after spending 12 hours at the beach in direct sun, I’ve been a stickler for applying sunscreen. My friends at the time—a multi-culti mix of tweens in matching polkadot tankinis—would say, “You’re not going to get any browner, AJ. Why are you putting on sunblock?” Back then, I’d shrug my caramel shoulders and reply, “I don’t want to burn.”
According to Dr. Mona Gohara, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at Yale University’s School of Medicine, “many people think that non-Caucasian people are immune to skin cancer.” She goes on to say, “that is one reason people of color are diagnosed at later stage, meaning that skin cancers are often advanced and potentially fatal.”
Just take a look at these scary stats from recent surveys and studies:
- 65 percent of minority respondents felt they were not at risk for skin cancer
- 62 percent of African-American adult respondents have never worn sunscreen
- The five-year skin cancer survival rates for African-Americans (78 percent) is significantly lower than that of Caucasians (92 percent)
- Studies reveal that the incidence of melanoma is increasing in Hispanics of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent
Bottom line, beautiful brown people: Slather on that SPF!!! Here are a few faves from dermatologists with darker skin.
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid: “It has physical blockers, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are the best at blocking out the sun—and will not leave chalky white residue on brown skin.” — Dr. Mona Gohara
- Skin Medica SPF 30 Daily Physical Defense: “It rubs right in to dark skin, and is oil-free and hypo-allergenic for the face.” — Jeanine Downie, MD, dermatologist in Montclair, NJ
- Aveeno Hydro Sport SPF 50 Sunblock Spray: ”This is great for the body because it sprays on and clings to wet or dry skin.” — Dr. Jeanine B Downie, MD, dermatologist in Montclair, NJ
One of our fave SPF brands? Supergoop!