Fun in the Sun!

06-02-2014 11:20 AM

It's June, and we all know what that means! Summer is officially here, and you're going to look amazing in your white sundress once you get a tan, right?  Well, not quite. Summer is the perfect time to brush up on your sun smarts and start slathering on the sunscreen!

As a young girl even into my adolescence, I didn’t have a clue what the true benefit of sunscreen was.  Yes, I admit it, I didn’t.  Quite frankly, I don’t remember talking about sunscreen at all in my house.  It’s something I believed that only Caucasians used.  

As African Americans, culturally we have been told that we have natural protection against the sun.  My mother always said, “When you know better, you’ll do better.”  Well, I know better now!   It's possible for everyone, no matter how dark their skin color, to get both sunburns and skin cancer.  So, no matter your skin tone, we all need sunscreen!

Here are some tips to help you stay safe in the sun:

• Everyone should wear a minimum of SPF15.   Keep in mind that SPF only refers to protection from UVB rays, which cause sunburn.
• When buying sun protection pick a broad spectrum formula. This means it also protects against UVA rays which cause premature signs of aging and can damage deeper layers of the skin.
• If used as directed, SPF values of 15 or higher along with other sun protection measures decrease the risk of skin cancer and early signs of aging caused by the sun.
• The most important thing to remember is to apply the cream regularly, ideally at least once every two hours.

Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF30 or Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF50 are great options!  And, don’t forget those lips…..try Mary Kay® Sun Care Lip Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15.

So, make the most of the warm weather and enjoy your time with family and friends outdoors!  And, don’t forget to protect your skin.  It will thank you for that in the many years to come!

Regena-PipkinToday’s blog post is from Regena Pipkin. Since Regena’s last blog post in March, she has switched roles at Mary Kay and now oversees U.S. Product Marketing.