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Yes, You Need Sunscreen

You’ve got your cute new swimsuit, Jackie O-style shades, wide brimmed hat and sandals. You’re ready for hot fun in the summertime and the cute pics to show it all off.

Now you need sun protection. While melanin gives you a little more protection, it alone is not enough to fully block harmful UV rays.  We also have to look out for acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM) which often appears on palms, feet and nail beds and disproportionally affects people of color.

Choose a sunscreen free of harmful chemicals like oxybenzone, octinoxate avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene,  or homosalateOils like Coconut, jojoba, sunflower or sesame – contain natural SPF properties. The skin and hair staple, shea butter, also contains sun protection qualities.

Mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium oxide are better choices. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter makes a sunscreen stick and there is also a sunscreen formulated specifically for people of color.

If you spend a little too much unprotected time in the sun and get burned, try aloe vera juice or gel to soothe the sting.

The refreshing properties of aloe vera are also part of Formula No.49 Cre’Gel – Soft Gel with High Shine. It’s perfect for your post swim wash and go styles, or wet sets.  It’s light, fresh fragrance and soft hold makes it ideal year round.

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