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Protect your melanated skin with essential summer care tips

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As we embrace the summer sun, it’s crucial to recognize the importance of skin care for the Black community. Despite the resilience of melanated skin, it is not immune to the effects of aging and sun damage. Regular dermatologist visits, sun protection, and a tailored skincare routine are key to maintaining healthy skin.

Understanding skin cancer risk

Contrary to popular belief, Black people and people of color are at risk for skin cancer, including melanoma. Early detection is often more challenging, making education and awareness critical. The World Health Organization warns of a significant rise in cancer cases, emphasizing the need for proactive skin care and prevention.

Expert tips for summer skin protection

Board-certified dermatologist Nkem Ugonabo advises prioritizing sun protection for all skin types. She recommends using broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapplying every two hours during outdoor activities or after swimming or sweating.

Long-term skincare benefits

Consistent skin care, including moisturization and early treatment of conditions like acne, can prevent long-term issues such as scarring. Hydration and proper skin treatment are essential for a radiant complexion and overall skin health.

Dr. Naana Boakye’s skin care recommendations

Embrace SPF: Despite the natural protection from melanin, melanated skin needs sunscreen to prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and other conditions.

Hydrate your skin: Use moisturizers with shea butter, glycerin, or hyaluronic acid to combat dryness and irritation.

Optimize your diet: A diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, along with plenty of water, supports skin health.

Address hyperpigmentation: Consult a dermatologist and consider products with Vitamin C or Niacinamide for brighter skin.

Gentle daily cleansing: Choose sulfate-free cleansers with a balanced pH to maintain your skin’s natural oils and microbiome.

Wear protective clothing: Complement sunscreen with wide-brim hats, sunglasses, and UV-protective clothing for additional defense against sun damage.

By following these expert guidelines, Black Americans can protect their skin this summer and maintain its health and beauty for years to come.

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