Now that summer is here, it is important for all ethnicities to protect skin from harmful UV rays—dark skin does not mean immunity from skin cancer. According to a recent survey from the Archives of Dermatology, 65 % of ethnic individuals believe they are not at risk for skin cancer, and therefore, often do not get their skin checked until it’s too late.
A recent L’Oréal Research & Innovation study brought to light that darker skin tones are certainly not exempt to the sun’s harmful rays. In fact, the study demonstrated that the highest risk of DNA damages was in light to tan skin, which includes most Hispanics and some African-Americans.
Need proof? The well-known reggae star, Bob Marley, eventually died from a melanoma on his toe, which he originally believed to be a soccer injury. His legacy will always live on in the music world, but his untimely death also serves as a reminder that skin cancer does not discriminate; it occurs in all populations, regardless of skin color.
To ensure proper care of fair, tan, dark, and every shade of skin in between, make sure to protect skin with SPF before heading outside! La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray ($35.50, laroche-posay.us) offers broad spectrum UV protection in an alcohol-free, 360 degree aerosol spray lotion.
“Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny” – Bob Marley (1945-1981)
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