According to the experts, the answer is yes, especially if you want to avoid photodamage, like sun spots and wrinkles. But skin cancer from sun exposure is less of a concern for those with dark skin. As it turns out, melanoma is 20 times more common in white people than black people. “Melanin offers some innate protection from the sun,” explains Dr. Dendy Engelman, a New York-based professor of dermatology. “That doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind and never wear sunscreen. But do you need to wear SPF 100 every day? Probably not.” Try these: Among the new formulas designed to be invisible on dark skin are Urban Skin Rx DermShield All Day Sun Protection Mattifying Moisturizer SPF 30 and Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30.
>> Go Girls! 18 lovely beauties vying for MJU crown
This year’s Miss Jamaica Universe finalists, a bevy of 18 stunning young ladies, are gearing up to bring the heat and wow the judges and audience members on August 31, when the grand coronation show takes place inside the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel ballroom. The contestants are: Yanique Morgan (Miss Jamaica Postal Service); Terina Dryden (Miss D’Marie Institute); Aiysha Hemmings (Miss Curves); Iana Tickle Garcia (Miss Rose Hall Developments); Sasha Henry (Miss Eden Gardens); Jewell Baldie (Miss Trend Steppaz); Rochell Ravers (Miss Kingston Graphics); Christine Samuels (Miss Thirsty Spirits); Fesco Sian Connolly (Miss Black Radiance); Chevonne Beadle (Miss Heaven’s); Deidra Kelsey Jones (Miss Dunn’s); Christine Butler (Miss Bliss Bridal Boutique); Leah Hollingsworth (Miss Rixon OC Group); Toni Ann Lalor (Miss Loud Fashion); Imani Jenkins (Miss Ettenio); Umeko Chin (Miss ER Designs); Fiona DaCosta (Miss Apollo Taxi) and Annecia Morgan (Miss Dale Carnegie Training Institute). The winner will go on to represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant, set for December 19 in South Korea.
>> Ce’Cile: New look, new attitude, new label
The evolution continues. “I personally think I’ve done 90 percent of my time as a dancehall artiste. I’m doing something else, but I still love dancehall so much that I have decided to start working with artistes and be a music exec,” Ce’Cile dished in a recent Gleaner interview, announcing plans to start her own record label as she embarks on a fresh chapter in her career. Mogul ambition is nothing new for the bombshell, who has been co-producing her own music for years, including her latest CD, Music + Magic, released in March. At the moment, she also has a children’s book in the works, along with plans for a clothing line. Says Ce’Cile, “I’ll never stop being an artiste. I love it. But I like when I can control what I do.”