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Kerry Washington: SPF is a must!

Kerry Washington has implored people not to go out without SPF.

The Scandal actress is creative consultant for Neutrogena and as part of the role she's got involved with the company's Choose Skin Health campaign. It aims to make people think more about skin cancer, both in terms of prevention and realising that no matter your race you could be affected.

“People of colour are so vulnerable when we don’t use SPF because sun damage leads to skin cancer. It’s really important that we protect ourselves, and that we have the information and do annual skin screenings, because skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers,” Kerry told “There’s just no excuse for people to suffer the way they used to.”

The 38-year-old star is never without SPF, no matter what time of year it is. Many people only bother using this kind of product when they're on a sunny holiday, but it's just as important to stay protected when you're at home.

That's why Kerry shared her tips for never being called short, which include making sun tan lotion part of your everyday routine.

"I like to use a foundation that has SPF in it so it just happens. I like to use a moisturiser that has SPF in it year-round, because I think when we create situations where we have to do something different we’re less likely to do it," she explained. "So I might change the product that I use depending on the time of year, but I’m never without SPF.”

In her new TV movie Confirmation, Kerry portrays attorney and academic Anita Hill. She hit the headlines in the 90s when she claimed Judge Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, calling his nomination into the US Supreme Court into question.

Playing such a strong woman was a dream for Kerry, even if it meant dressing in styles from the decade. That said, it did allow the star to remember some of her fashion hits from then.

“That was around the time of Mary J. Blige’s first album, and I was just sort of finding my voice, so I feel like there were a lot of oversized baseball jerseys and hoop earrings in my world as a Bronx kid," she laughed.

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