As you twirl about town this summer and bask in the sun, it’s important to remember to break tired stereotypes about the need for SPF on Black skin and to protect yourself!

It’s no secret that classic products like Palmer’s Cocoa Butter are staples in the Black community. So it made sense that the iconic brand made an appearance at the 2019 Essence Festival with their new product line that helps you keep your skin in top notch shape.

Celebrity host Gia peppers of BET’s Black Coffee shared her go-to this summer to protect her melanin. “My favorite product of the moment is the Moisturizing Gel Oil SPF 15,” she shared. “I have been trying to do better with using sunscreen. Contrary to popular belief, melanin can be affected by the sun and I love to be outside when the weather is nice. This oil keeps me moisturized, gives my skin a great shine, and helps me fight off some of the harmful effects of the sun.”

Hitting the Beauty Carnival stage with Gia Peppers at the 25th annual Essence Festival, Palmer’s helped festival goers shine as they delivered a makeover madness extravaganza with stylists like Gabrielle Corney and Wade The Barber.

There, Pepper’s reflected on how much of a staple Palmers is in Black households. “The brand has been in my household since I was a little girl in DC, and not just in my parents home, but my aunts, friends, cousins—- everyone used the cocoa butter all year round,” she said. ” I love being a Black woman and Palmer’s has always been a go-to to make sure our melanin stays as buoyant and beautiful as possible.”

If you’re looking for a way to let your skin flourish while protecting it from the sun shop below!