Updated: Jul 13
If you are one of those people who believes POC have enough melanin in our skin to protect us from harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays, you would be mistaken. We no longer have to avoid fun in the sun for fear of wrinkles, fine lines, aging, burning, and cancer causing radiation penetrating the skin we are in.
Shontay Lundy, CEO of Black Girl Sunscreen.com came back to Minority Report featuring Black Owned Businesses to defend the obvious - Yasss, sunscreen for dark skin is a must! Shontay shares how to properly use Black Girl Sunscreen (even while wearing makeup) and what celebrities are coming to her next pool party.
MRTV: I am so glad we can continue this dialog about your product and the importance of safeguarding ourselves from sun damage. What are your basic rules for applying sunscreen?
SL, BGS: Liberally apply Black Girl Sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating immediately after towel drying, at least every 2 hours. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use our SPF 30 sunscreen moisturizer and take other sun protection measures, including limiting time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
MRTV: How long can Black Girl Sunscreen be worn in water before reapplying?
SL, BGS: You should re-apply any sunscreen including BGS at least every 2 hours in or out of the water. Be sure to towel off after you get out of the water before re-applying.
MRTV: I think I can speak for all the ladies when I say, "We want to slay all day!" How can we wear Black Girl Sunscreen and makeup to the beach?
SL, BGS: Do your morning ritual/skin routine and incorporate BGS as a daily moisturizer before you apply make-up and head out of the house. BGS can be used from nose to toes. Leaving no white residue and having a product specifically made for your skin enables you to feel fearless and confident while being outside. Women that wear BGS are women of the sun - and they exemplify a happy and healthy lifestyle.
MRTV: What sunscreen advice would you give to women who have sensitive skin?
SL, BGS: For any skin type, the most important rule is to simply protect your skin. Individuals with lupus and/or chronic acne need to be especially conscious of the impacts of sun damage to the skin. The number one mistake women of color make is simply not using sunscreen. Protect your melanin ladies! You can purchase our product at BlackGirlSunscreen.com and follow us with the Black Girl Sunscreen handle on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
MRTV: I have Black Girl Sunscreen packed in preparation for my next vacation. Any summer reading recommendations?
SL, BGS: Currently, I am reading The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey. She is an inspiration to me on so many levels. And I also love Eat, Pray, Love - that book gives me the motivation to follow my passions.
MRTV: Which celebrity to do you secretly wish would send you a pool party invite and why?
SL, BGS: I can’t limit this answer to one celeb.
Gabrielle Union - she is a skin guru and has aged gracefully. She openly admits that she wears sunscreen to prevent premature aging. Not only does she love to have fun but shes educated on skin care!
Lupita Nyong'o - because she is killing the game right now. She is representing for us dark skin ladies. She also openly speaks about wearing sunscreen, and how it preserves her melanin.
Lastly, Rihanna - because she is crushing it on many level. Singing, rapping, acting, modeling, and now the beauty industry. She will also bring the fun to the party!