We’re already three full days into summer and that means our party schedule is about to start filling up. Before you know it, your blackberry will be loaded with reminders for pool parties, beach bonfires and tropical island getaways. Before you pack your favorite bikini, slides and sarongs, you will need to make sure your skin care routine is up to par. Although skin of color has a natural sun protection factor which is better known as melanin, this doesn’t mean you have a pass to forgo using sunscreen and other sun care products this summer. Women of color are one of the fastest rising demographics getting treated for skin disorders including melanoma and other skin cancers. In order to prepare your skin for the summer sun, you will need the following products in your beauty arsenal:
Coola Face SPF 30 Unscented Moisturizing Sunscreen ($32) Coola. Slather a generous amount of this moisturizing sunscreen on your face before stepping out into the sun. This unscented, lightweight sunscreen glides on smooth while providing skin with UVA and UVB protection which means no burning and better yet, no sun spots or wrinkles. This is an all-natural sunscreen which means you’ll be treating your skin to chemical-free product that soothes, calms and protects skin.
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Spray SPF 30, ($8.99), Drugstore. Spray on this lightweight sunscreen everywhere that is going to be exposed to the sun from the neck down. What’s great about this product is that its easy to use and provides great protection from UVA and UVB rays. You will need to reapply whenever you come into contact with water.
Philosophy Kiss of Hope Lip Treatment SPF 15, ($16) Philosophy. Slather lips with a moisturizing lip balm infused with SPF 15 and soothing vanilla-mint flavor. The skin on our lips is super sensitive which is why they are prone to extreme dryness, chapping and even discoloration. A great lip balm will preserve your pretty pout all summer season.
Hampton Sun After Sun Moisturizer ($30) Hampton Sun. After a long day in the sun, your skin is surely going to need some serious TLC and one of the best products you can purchase is an after sun moisturizer. This after sun moisturizer is highly emollient with several fruit extracts and essential oils including walnut, jojoba and tea tree. As soon as you smooth on this moisturizer, your sun-drenched skin will feel cool and refreshed.