I tried surfing once. It didn’t end so well — I lost the surf board and almost slammed up against a bunch of rocks. Still, there’s something totally dreamy about surf culture — and especially surfer girls, who are totally badass, and strong and basically live in the ocean. And that’s why I’m really excited about Sun Bum’s line of lip balms. Packed with SPF 30 sunscreen, they protect as well as soothe, and come in a crazy delicious array of flavors, including mango, pink guava, pomegranate, coconut, key lime and their original banana (I’ve got banana on right now, and it’s making me hooooongry). Try it — it’s certainly a lot easier than getting on a surfboard. [$3.99, Sun Bum]
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 »
#320 on the list of things I’m thankful for: studies on the benefits of wine. The latest cause for popping a cork: it’s liquid sunscreen. Researchers at the University of Barcelona have discovered that grapes have the power to protect your skin from UV rays, the cause of sun-related skin cancers, premature aging and temporary burning.
Flavonoids found in wine (particularly Cabernets, Petite Syrahs, and Pinot Noirs) act as shields for cells at risk of breaking down from UV exposure, according to the research. Keep reading »
Dear Spray-On Sunscreen,
Can you believe it? Summer has finally arrived! Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the temps reached the 80s, the sun was shining bright and full, and I spent the daylight hours worshipping in its glory. Because I am serious about protecting my precious skin from harmful UV rays, I hit the drugstore to stock up on sunscreen with SPF 30; for my face, I selected a cream variety, and for my body, I chose you, Spray-On Sunscreen. Keep reading »
With temperatures expected to reach their highest yet this Memorial Day weekend, you may have plans to soak up the sun. So StyleList tapped Dr. Robin Schaffran, board-certified dermatologist and creator of Dr. Robin for Kids sunscreen, for five simple tips to help you beat the burn.
1. Apply sunscreen liberally 20 minutes before sun exposure. Most people use too little. In fact, according to a study published in the Archives of Dermatology, sunscreen users only apply 50 percent of the recommended amount so they are only receiving 50 percent of the SPF protection. An average adult in a bathing suit requires one ounce (equivalent to two tablespoons or shot glass full) of sunscreen to cover the entire body. For small children, one tablespoon should be used on the entire body. Read more… Keep reading »
“I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic.”
– Gisele Bundchen says she refuses to use an SPF when she’s out in the sun because she believes the chemicals that block out the sun’s UV rays are toxic. Instead, she only spends time in the sun before 8 a.m. when its too weak to do any damage. The National Cancer Institute of Brazil was quick to correct the supermodel on her misinformation, by releasing a statement saying, “Sunscreen prevents damage to the skin and is of fundamental importance for the prevention of cancer. This is not any poison, when a public person makes a statement like this, it creates confusion.” I dunno about you, but I’ll continue to take my health advice from experts, not catwalkers. [Daily Mail U.K.] Keep reading »
The latest in retro fashion statements? Slathering streaks of colored sunblock on your nose or cheeks with Zinka products. The gnarly sun protection brand has been popular with surfers for over 20 years, and re-entering the mainstream. Ironic? Awesome? Hilarious? Oh, pipe down hipsters. We see you rolling your eyes while simultaneously applying a stripe of neon yellow to your nose. For those interested in the lifeguard look, you can choose from some 10 colors (mix and match, dude!) including army green, electric blue, blindingly bright orange, and pink.
Would you rock this visible sunblock look? [Zinka via Nylon] Keep reading »
Oh, Europe: Land of health care, sexy accents, and skinny people. Another thing they’ve got going for them that we don’t? Superior sunscreen. Apparently, many sun protection products sold in the United States only guard the skin from ultraviolet B rays (UVB). When you’re browsing lotions for a high SPF, do you actually know what that means? Here in the States, it stands for sun protection factor, which gauges a product’s effectiveness only against these UVB rays (which can be responsible for skin cancer and wrinkles), but might not tell you how well it protects the skin from UVA rays, reports The New York Times. In Europe, many sunscreens contain a UVA-blocking ingredient called Tinosorb M, which is unapproved in America. Keep reading »
Great. Just as we had stocked up on all the necessary sun protection supplies for the season, we hear this incredibly disturbing news. An environmental organization claims that “almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives.” The same group also concluded in a study that several of the well-known sunscreen brands out there contain “oxybenzone, a chemical shown in laboratory studies to release a reactive form of oxygen that can actually be skin-cancer contributing.”
Um, who are we supposed to believe now? If this is true, then our options are none too appealing: 1) Skip sunscreen, get burned, risk cancer, 2) Slap on the SPF 70, avoid burn, still get cancer, or 3) Become a vampire. [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »