Latinas are often lumped into the stereotype of having dark skin with pigmentation issues and wrinkle defying-resilience. Refinery 29 took the time to tackle myths surrounding Latina skincare by consulting an array of dermatologists. We were surprised by their answers, and happy to reveal the truth behind proper skincare for Latina women.
Latinas tend to have slightly darker skin, so sunscreen is optional.
Not all Latinas have dark skin. Some may have fair skin, dark skin, or a skin color that falls in between. Regardless of how much melanin one has, no one, including Latinas, are immune to the sun’s harmful rays.
Latinas don’t need to worry about developing skin cancer.
According to Dr. Bowes, Melanoma cases among Latinos and Latinas have increased by 2.9% every single year for the last 15 years. The most common types of cancer associated with Latinas are often presented in the head, scalp, neck, or lips. To prevent skin cancer, doctors recommend wearing sunscreen (stock up on Restorsea Day Lotion SPF 30!) and protecting sensitive areas such as the scalp and décolletage with clothing.
Latinas often deal with hyperpigmentation.
Experts agreed that hyperpigmentation is the number-one concern among their Latina patients who have darker skin, but not all Latinas deal with this issue. Dr. Debra Jaliman explains that anybody with darker features (that includes hair and eye color, are more prone to pigmentation). For hyperpigmentation on the face, try using our Renormalizing Serum and Reviving Cleanser because both contain the Songyi Mushroom, effective in lightening.
If I have olive or darker skin, I won't get wrinkles.
According to Dr. Rendon, people with darker skin have less photodamage, which means their skin is thicker and less prone to lines and wrinkles. This isn’t to say Latinas should dismiss a healthy skincare regimen. As Miami-based dermatologist Dr. Flor Mayoral points out, if you don't take care of your skin, anyone, including Latinas, can get wrinkles and sun damage.
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