A few months prior to Frank Ocean‘s release of Blond, his mother Katonya Breaux launched an SPF-focused skincare label called UNSUN. We previously introduced the brand’s Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, an all-natural product that suits different types of skin tones. In a recent interview with The Cut, Breaux discusses the motivation behind starting her own beauty brand, as well as her son’s skincare habits.
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On why she created UNSUN:
I have this one little mole right under my bottom lip — I call it my Marilyn Monroe mole and it was the only one on my face that really stood out. If I went somewhere special I’d darken it a little bit. One day I looked in the mirror and there were five or six moles all over my face. I made an appointment with my dermatologist and when she told me the moles were partly genetics, but mostly sun damage, I was stunned … This was many years ago and I went on this crazy protective skin-care thing. I began using chemical-based sunscreens because they were the ones that would blend into my skin, but they were really irritating … About three years ago I tweeted: “Can someone make brown sunscreen? Please! Must I look like a clown to protect my skin? #blackfolkburntoo.” Shortly after that, I called a friend of mine in the hair-care business and asked if I could meet the folks at their lab. That’s how the whole process started.
On how UNSUN stands out from other sunscreen products:
It’s a mineral-tinted sunscreen with a universal tint, which is interesting because I created it for me, but it works well for so many people. Two weeks after we launched, we went to a women’s expo in downtown Los Angeles and we did demonstrations. It gave the blonde women a faint, bronzy glow, it blended right into the skin of the women with my complexion, and it worked for everyone in between.
On her skincare routine:
I wash my face every morning with GlamGlow’s mud-to-foam cleanser. I really love it. The one thing that I use every morning, without fail, under my sunscreen, is C E Ferulic Acid. I’ve been using it for years. I was using a moisturizer, but the last three months or so I stopped using it, so I just put the Unsun directly on top of the ferulic acid and it has worked perfectly for me. At night I use a night cream. I’m using this RoC sensitive-skin retinol thing — the eye cream and the face cream. Then I’ll use SkinCeutical’s hydrating B5 gel. It locks in the moisture with vitamin B. That’s really it. I don’t wear a lot of makeup. I wear sunscreen diligently.
On whether Frank Ocean uses sunscreen:
He does. He’s very supportive. He’s been using sunscreen for a long time. He takes really good of his skin.
- The CUT