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Dear Unbothered family, Right now, we’re watching as the world makes a major — and much-needed — shift. We’re seeing the kind of reckoning many of us have only read about in history books or heard from our grandparents. But it’s happening. Right before our eyes. And at this very moment, we are members of the movement. But we didn’t just join the movement yesterday. We’ve been here, and we’ve been doing this work. And our content is an imperative reflection of the tireless effort Black women put in every day — at work, at home and on the front lines of social justice. Months ago, the Unbothered team set out to launch a campaign that would celebrate Black life and our relationship with all things summer: barbecues, beaches, bathing suits, and more! We hoped to examine the history and the myths associated with Blackness and our relationship with the water, from shutting down the notion that Black women don’t swim, to finally putting the thought that Black people don’t need sunscreen to rest, to celebrating the communities where many Black folks travel in fellowship and revel in the joys of summer together. But when we realized the devastating effect COVID-19 was having on our communities, we knew we had to serve our audience in a different way. So we shifted. And when the social demonstrations in response to the horrific murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Oluwatoyin Salau, and so many more started — we knew there was different work to do. That is how Keep That Same Energy was born. This campaign came to life as we navigated the ongoing challenges and changes we so often sustain as Black people. As content creators, we know that our art is a reflection of our lives. And it is our responsibility to bring our audience content that is both relevant and riveting. With that said, we are proud to bring you a platform to celebrate the positive momentum of change by sharing the stories of Black women who are reclaiming joy, defying stereotypes, and proving that summer 2020 definitely isn’t canceled. We are celebrating our Black existence and joy as an act of resistance, and we are doing it in proud partnership with Target. We don’t just work with anybody. We think about who we’re working with and why. This is especially true right now, but it always has been. We take our platform and our responsibility seriously, and we know it is our jobs to challenge brands to support and celebrate Black women genuinely. I am personally proud to work with a company like Target that has not only supported an unprecedented number of Black-owned brands and Black business owners in their stores, but that has also been a consistent partner to the Unbothered team as this program has evolved. As a brand of Black women working tirelessly to change our own company culture, we stand proudly with the Black employees at Target working to do the same at theirs. Together, Unbothered and Target want to send the strong and necessary message that the most impactful way to serve our community and ourselves during this integral time is to “keep that same energy.” So that is what we’re going to do. We’re going to keep celebrating our skin and our unique gifts, we’re going to keep pushing for our joy and our freedom, we’re going to keep experiencing the beauty of summer the way Black people always have. And we’d like for you to come along for the ride with us. Trust me, it’s worth it. Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay Unbothered. Danielle Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
After months of being cooped up in the house, you’d be remiss to not soak up some of the summer sun, right? Be it in the park, on the beach, or on your apartment building’s fire escape, you lay out a blanket, slide on your sunglasses, and chill. A few hours later, you head back inside and catch your reflection in the mirror — only to see an unusual dark patch above your top lip staring back at you.According to Hadley King, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, the darkening of that area, what some people call a “sun mustache,” is a common type of melasma. “Melasma is darkening of the skin, [also known as] hyperpigmentation, caused by a combination of factors including genetic predisposition, hormones, and sun exposure,” Dr. King explains. “The upper lip is a common location for melasma — hence, sun mustache.”Joshua Zeichner, MD, an NYC-based derm, says that the technical term for a sun mustache is chloasma, which is melasma that occurs around the mouth. “It is thought to be caused by your hormones, but UV light exposure is known to make it significantly worse,” he explains. “Excess estrogen can cause your body to produce more melanocytes, which then come to the surface of the skin and deposit pigment,” says Parminder Singh, esthetician and director of education at SKINNEY Medspa. “These melanocytes are then triggered by the heat and rays of the sun.”Prevention — as in, sunscreen — is the best way to tackle a sun mustache head-on. Dr. King is a fan of Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40 for protecting your face. “It contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to help boost moisture in the skin, sea lavender for antioxidant protection, and cocoa peptides to help protect from blue light,” she says, adding that reapplication is critical when you’re out in the sun. “This powdered sunscreen is a great solution for people who want to reapply without messing up their makeup,” Dr. King says of Brush On Block Translucent Mineral Powder Sunscreen. “It’s all mineral: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as well as antioxidants to protect from UVA and UVB sun damage, blue light, and infrared A rays.”Though SPF is by far the best way to prevent and protect your skin from hyperpigmentation, you can still take other measures in your skin-care routine if you’re trying to get rid of existing sun damage around your mouth. Dr. Zeichner recommends using a gentle exfoliating cleanser to shed pigmented cells from the surface of the skin, as well as an antioxidant-rich serum like Solara Suncare Juice Boost Defense Boosting Serum to help brighten and resurface.“Vitamin C is the best-studied antioxidant we have to brighten the skin,” Dr. Zeichner explains. “Not only does it interfere with abnormal pigmentation, but it also neutralizes free radical damage.” While over-the-counter products may help treat a mild to moderate sun mustache, more severe cases can benefit from laser treatments or topical prescriptions, which require you see a board-certified dermatologist. Though treating a sun mustache may seem straightforward, Nicole Hatfield, an esthetician at Pomp, says it all varies from case to case. “How long melasma lasts and how it goes away is different for everyone,” she says. “Some people’s melasma goes away rapidly on its own, while others may struggle with it for extended periods.” If your condition persists, experts recommend connecting with your doctor to rule out any underlying conditions, like a hormonal imbalance. So, before you head out to bask in the sunshine this weekend, remember: A hat, sunscreen, and a mask are your friends. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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