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Kerry Washington, the star of Scandal and HBO’s movie, Confirmation is always out and about just like she was last night at the Met Gala in New York City. With a theme of Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology she was radiant in her couture Marc Jacobs gown with lacy elbow-length gloves. Add the pregnancy announcement and you can see why she’s always smiling.
DO AFRICAN AMERICANS NEED SUNSCREEN?
Well, she’s not smiling when it comes to the seriousness of women of color and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. and the most deadly for African Americans, as it’s often not caught until it’s too late.
The hugely private Kerry went on GMA yesterday to further discuss as it was Melanoma Monday and she is a creative consultant to Neutrogena. May is designated as National Melanoma Month and Melanoma Monday was set aside to raise awareness to skin cancer.
Kerry was raised with a mother who used to slather on sunscreen but many black people are not used to using it nor feel the need as we think our lovely melanin protects us against the sun. That’s not totally true.
“I think there’s a myth in communities of color, whether it’s Latina women, or those with olive-toned skin, or African American women,” says Kerry. “People who have skin tones that have more pigment tend to think they’re less at risk. But we actually have become more vulnerable because of the thinking that we don’t have to be careful. And we’re lagging behind in being able to protect ourselves.” womenheathmag.com
FACIALS FOR SKIN REJUVENATION AFTER SUMMER
Not just for that reason, many of us refuse to use sunscreen because it wasn’t created for darker hues but Kerry has a response to that as well, “Because there’s so much more technology, people of color can use sunscreen and not feel or look chalky,” she says. “I think that has been a barrier for a long time. There’s no excuse anymore.” womenheathmag.com
Do you use sunscreen regularly Naturals and if not, will you know?