While it may be common to hear women with fair skin profess their need for sunblock products that boast a high SPF to protect their complexion, it seems that women with darker skin should also stock up on sunscreen.
According to StyleList.com, a new study of melanoma patients in Florida found advanced cases in 26 percent of African Americans and 18 percent of Hispanics, compared to 12 percent found in Caucasians.
“There is a fairly common misconception among African Americans and Hispanics that we do not get skin cancer. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Dr Marcy Street, the first African-American female MOHS surgeon in the United States, told the news source.
Street advises all women to check their bodies often for signs of skin cancer, such as changing moles and rashes that don’t heal with lotion, and to always use sunblock with an SPF of at least 30.
Experts suggest the women with darker complexions use a light, spray-on formula, as heavy creams can leave skin looking gray or ashy. Dermalogica WaterBlock Solar Spray SPF 30 contains no artificial colors, and is formulated to absorb instantly for invisible, full-body protection.