What was the motivation behind founding Unsun?
A visit to the dermatologist alerted me that the black moles that were quickly developing on my face were the result of sun damage and that concerned me greatly. I started wearing sunscreen right away.
When did you first become aware of sun safety as it relates to beauty and health?
That same visit to the dermatologist was very informative. I never, as a Black woman knew that sunscreen was something that I needed.
What misconceptions do you think are out there about sun safety in regards to various skin tones?
As most women of color, I believed my melanin would protect me, I was wrong.
How does sun safety play a role in your own beauty routine?
I take sun damage very seriously. I literally will not grab the mail without putting sunscreen on. I understand the importance and try to educate others, despite skin tone, of the importance of protecting their skin.
How can we encourage our loved ones to take care of their skin?
Tell them they’ll get wrinkles earlier than they would otherwise! While that may have been said jokingly, the truth is that many people are more motivated by the aesthetic than the scary C word. I believe that getting our loved ones to protect themselves from the sun should be done “by any means necessary.”
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