Why Gabrielle Union Doesn't Mess Around with Sun Protection
The actress stresses the importance of keeping skin healthy this summer
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, but Gabrielle Union wants you to avoid becoming a statistic by using her summer must-have: sunscreen.
“I don’t tan on purpose, but I do a lot of beach workouts,” the Think Like a Man star tells PEOPLE. “But I go SPF 110,” she jokes, pointing to two bottles of sunscreen. “I don’t mess around.”
The actress is working with Neutrogena (she’s been a brand spokeswoman since 2004) to promote the company’s Choose Skin Health campaign. The mission is to fight skin cancer and educate people about prevention.
“As an African-American woman, culturally we have been told that we have natural protection against the sun — but we’re absolutely part of the one in five,” Union explains. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen relatives’ moles change shape, and they think ‘That’s cute — it’s like Janet Jackson!’ But it’s not cute — it’s called melanoma.”
As part of the campaign, dermatologists from across the country are offering free skin cancer screenings. “Having a dermatologist is awesome if you can afford it, but a lot of people can’t,” Union shares. “This is free — so there’s no excuse.”
The actress, who calls Miami and Los Angeles home, has incorporated SPF into her “painfully simple” daily skincare regime. “I use a grapefruit cleanser because it smells good and it’s got salicylic acid,” she reveals. “If I’m having a breakout I’ll use something that’s acne specific, but usually it’s always my clear pore astringent and my trusty sunblock.”
Along with a low-maintenance skincare routine, the ageless actress opts for minimal makeup when she’s not working. “I pop on some lip gloss and mascara and I keep it moving,” she says.
Visit the Choose Skin Health campaign website to locate a participating dermatologist near you and to read up on more skincare tips.