It’s beach season! Yay! That means that when I went to the beach last week I got sun poisoning, just like every year. Boooooo.
The whole concept of “sun poisoning” is baffling to me. Human beings have been living, hunting, farming, working, traveling, and just sort of existing in sunlight for our entire existence. The fact that I have such a violent reaction to sun exposure, then, made no evolutionary sense to me — that is, until I did my research. Here are nine important pieces of sun info you should know before you head out to soak up some rays this summer: Keep reading »
The sun gets such a bad rap, you know? And it’s really not fair, when you think about it. I mean, consider what the big fireball can do (wrinkles andskin cancer and bleached-out highlights not withstanding)! The sun sustains life on this planet.In about a billion different ways, some of which we’re still discovering. Perfect example: Researchers recently found that high doses of vitamin D, which the body produces when exposed to sunlight, can help fight drug-resistant tuberculosis. (Good thing, since the drugs don’t seem to work anymore!) Read more…
You’d think the picture of this 69-year-old man had somehow been digitally altered, but no. This is an actual guy, who shows signs of extreme aging and sun damage on one side of his face. That’s because he spent 28 years as a truck driver, exposing the left side of his face to the sun while he drove. The right side received far less exposure, and accrued far less damage. It’s a wild, true life example of why you should put some goddamn sunblock on already. [NEJM]
I hate wearing sunscreen, which is particularly unfortunate when you consider that I have the whitest, most translucent, most easily burnt skin this side of hole in the ozone layer. I rarely sunbathe, given that as a mole creature I shrivel when exposed to sunlight, but I will admit to a few incidents when I was in high school that involved careless “tanning” with Italian friends whose skin bronzed to perfection in the rays. I basked enviously that afternoon, confident that I, too, would grow tan if I followed their lead. Wrong. So wrong. I’ll spare you the details, but I was vivid, unmistakable scarlet by nightfall, and I still have residual freckles from the incident. It’s a wonderful recipe for skin cancer, which I sincerely hope I do not get. Keep reading »
If your hometown’s having the same nice, sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in New York City, you’re probably browning a bit and noticing a layer of dead skin dulling your complexion. Sadly, though the type of dryness changes, skin dehydration doesn’t disappear when humidity enters the picture. But because a lot of people don’t realize the extent to which you need to moisturize during the summer, particularly if you’re spending a great deal more time in the sun, summer dryness goes ignored. Keep reading to find out how to put a stop to this travesty. Keep reading »
We all know UV rays (the fake kind or the real deal) don’t do us any favors. Wrinkles are one thing, but, more distressingly, sun exposure ups our chances of getting skin cancer. What you might not have considered is how important hats can be when it comes to preventing sun damage. Allow me to introduce your favorite new must-have summer accessory. This Lauren Moffatt-designed canvas hat with gold grommets is guaranteed to not only cover up your face but your neck too from those dastardly UV rays. Leave it to the creator of easy, summer dresses to come up with the perfect, face-saving solution—and it’s all for charity! One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to The Skin Cancer Foundation. [The Cut] Keep reading »
Summer is all about showing some skin while you’re having fun in the sun and tanning goes with the territory. Sadly, as well know, getting that bronze glow can also be life threatening. While fat roll tan lines, raccoon eyes from your sunglasses, or even the dreaded Oompa Loompa-like burn are cause for concern in the short term, there are health risks on the horizon. The rate of melanoma among white women between the ages of 15 and 39 has doubled over the past 30 years. There are almost 14 cases out of every 100,000 young women. Yikes! [Indeed. I got a sunburn this weekend. -- Editor] The medical establishment says the tanning trend is to blame for the tally. So, if you’re still inspired to look like your tanorexic celeb heroines, try a cocktail of self tanner and sunscreen or beware! Have you ever seen the old ladies that look like lobsters lying around the retirement community pools in Florida? They will make you turn white as a ghost! [Truemors] Keep reading »