In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month, beauty brand Neutrogena and spokesperson Gabrielle Union are spreading the good word about sun safety and the importance of sun protection. Beauty High chatted with the cocoa-skinned star as she dished secrets on keeping her skin protected from UV rays and in tip-top shape.
I generally fly back and forth between LA and Miami, one hot place to the next. So I don’t leave sunscreen behind. This Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen is great, and this isn’t even as high as I go. I go to 110, I don’t mess around mainly because I started to get freckles after I’ve gotten older and I thought they were cute at first but now I see it’s a sign of aging. And more moles are popping up. I am doing anything in my power to not have them; I generally get moles all over.
Water, I travel with, if I am able to — I can’t take it on the plane. I went to CVS and got a 2-quart jug and I fill it twice a day to make sure I drink a crap load of water. Also lip balm, for winter and summer because people sometimes think that when you’re dehydrated a lot of sunburns can happen on your lips — lip gloss over chapped lips looks like lip gloss over chapped lips and lip stick over chapped lips is just awful. Oh, and mascara is a must — and deodorant! It’s in my purse, I don’t mess around. I’m always in a hot climate and I’m like, “What stinks?! It’s me.” No funky monkey. So now I keep deodorant in my bag.
She goes on to emphasize the importance of sun protection:
Well, those girls in their teens will eventually become my age. I had friends that would take bacon grease and want to be crispy basically. We’re looking at Tanning Mom and going “That’s crazy,” but inside they’re like “What is she using?!” I wish it was something just with young girls, but if that’s your mentality you don’t eventually grow out of it. It seems that the darker they can get the better. I think there are certain shows, perhaps on TV, where the GTL lifestyle is promoted as the optimal look. And in reality you’re exposing yourself to skin cancer. The first burn you’re putting yourself on the path to danger. It’s all fun and games until you have skin cancer. GTL only goes so far until you have to go to skin cancer treatments – and the moles start changing and the cute Cindy Crawford ones become Melanoma. And it’s not as cute as you thought, and is it really worth it at the end of the day? I’ve read stories where these girls want to be a little bit darker, and a little mole gets bigger, and these girls are no longer with us. I can say it’s absolutely not worth it. Neutrogena has a number of self-tanners. There are other ways of achieving a browner you without exposing yourself to skin cancer.