I know that you know that you are supposed to wear sunscreen, and yet, I have the sneaking suspicion that you occasionally “forget” the SPF. I am going to skip the lecture because you have already heard it and from better authorities than me. But I am going to tell you about four fun and unusual ways to get your daily dose.
- SPF Stick: The newest in portable sun protection is a sunscreen stick that’s attached to a “necklace” so you don’t lose it! Brilliant. You might get odd looks, because it really does look like you are rubbing a glue stick on yourself, but think of this product as SPF and a conversation starter. [$26, Clarins Sun Control Stick Ultra Protection for Sun Sensitive Areas SPF 30, Nordstrom]
- Eat Your SPF: Considering that there is a pill for everything from curing serious diseases to preventing erectile dysfunction, it was only a matter of time before our sunburn woes were reduced by one. According to Lyc-O-Mater “clinical research shows that antioxidant phytonutrients in the diet, including natural lycopene, beta carotene and tocopherols from tomato, offer their own kind of sun care benefits by enhancing the body’s natural defenses against environmental stress.” Translation: Taking the tomato pill prevents sun damage. No one is telling you to put away the traditional sun cream just yet, but the pill in addition to sunscreen might be your best bet against sun damage. We really should all eat more vegetables, anyway [$19.66, Lyc-O-Mato, Lyc-O-Mato]
- SPF Clothing: Because of serious environmental issues that I am really not qualified to explain, the sun is really strong, and not even normal clothes can protect us from damaging rays and ensuing wrinkles. If you don’t feel like slathering sunscreen over your tummy, buy a shirt with SPF in it. A number of companies make clothes with SPF built into the material, so you are literally covered for fun in the sun. [$34.95, Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Long Sleeve Zip Neck Polo, Amazon.com]
- SPF in the Night: Eye cream is usually a night time beauty ritual, but hey, if you wear eye cream during the day or keep vampiric sleeping hours, then you obviously need an eye cream that protects your eyes with SPF. [$19.99, Bella B Bright Eyes Cream With SPF 25, Target]