For supermodel Winnie Harlow, maintaining clear, healthy skin is vital as the cameras follow her on and off set. And considering her vitiligo, protecting Harlow’s skin from the sun is especially important. However, drying skin condition or not, making sure you invest in good sun care products is essential to everyone, which is why we’re very excited to unveil Harlow’s brainchild that’s been in the works for more than two years, CAY SKIN.
Traveling the world for photoshoots is Harlow’s lifestyle, and although it can be partly glamorous, there’s also many not so glamorous moments that don’t make it to Instagram. In fact, the founding story of CAY SKIN is a prime example of unseen circumstances that models push through, however, Harlow turned a photoshoot tragedy into treasure.
“It all started in 2018, I was on set for a shoot on the beach for two days from sun up to sun down in the Bahamas,” Harlow tells ESSENCE. “I’m Jamaican, but Jamaica has nothing on Bahama sun – it is hot. By the end of the second day, I was so scorched because on set nobody really wanted me to reapply sunscreen because it didn’t look good. There were blue casts, silver casts, and purple casts that just left a bad tone on my skin, and so I was left with horrible sunburn that doctors had to treat.”
She continued, “I was disappointed in myself for not applying sunscreen, but also disappointed that there was nothing out there that gave me the look that I wanted and the protection that I wanted, so I decided to take it into my own hands and create CAY.”