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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

8 new rules for sunscreen

Growing up, I'd lie out on my dad's back deck and try to get tan (it never worked) or use fake tanner (which made me look orange and glittery). But two years ago, I finally embraced pale skin, and it has been easier and obviously much safer. So, I was glad to read the 8 new rules for sunscreen from the New York Times...

For example, experts recommend staying inside during the hottest hours—between 10am and 2pm. That surprised me, since I always thought of good sunscreen as a catch-all. "Sunscreen is not a magic bullet," said Dr. Steven Q. Wang, director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Another tip was not to use sunscreen sprays because you might inhale it into your lungs.

Two sunscreens we use every day are Honest and Yes to Cucumbers stick (easy to apply on babies' faces). I recommend them to everyone! Experts say it's best to use physical sunblocks—which have the main ingredients of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide—versus sunscreens loaded with potentially harmful chemicals. (The chemical oxybenzone, often found in sunscreens, may actually disrupt hormones! Yikes!)

Will you be staying pale this summer? Do you use self tanner? Any self tanners you like? I'm always hunting for a good one...

P.S. Cute sunglasses and summer shoes.

(Photo by Garance Dore)

129 comments:

Katie said...

growing up, my mom wouldn't let us go to the pool until after 3pm. it made me furious, but hopefully will pay off in the long run!

Amanda said...

I've learned to embrace being pale after multiple skin cancer scares. I rarely go out in the sun anymore without sunscreen on exposed areas, and my big sun hat. I also have sunscreen in my day cream and my tinted moisterizer. I may not be tan, but I'll have young skin for a lot longer :)

Elle Sees said...

St. Tropez is my Fave Self-tanner

Melissa Blake said...

I wish I could get a nice tan...even a small one. I always go from pale skin to sunburn! Must be all my freckles lol

Samantha Lane said...

As a brown skinned girl, I'm never exactly pale, but I always wear a sunscreen, and for prolonged outdoor time on sunny summer days, I wear sunblock all over. I really like Yes to Carrots Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen.

Healthy skin is beautiful, no matter what your complexion.

csext said...

One thing to note about physical sunscreens is that they make one photograph weird if there is going to be a flash involved. It literally reflects the light, so you look extra pale. A lot of makeup has this type of sunscreen and I have a few friends that always look ghostly in pictures. I got that tip from a department-store makeup counter salesperson when I was doing trials for my wedding.

Lady Baughman said...

My mother and grandmother always brought my cousin and me inside during the "bad sun" time of the day. We would go to the beach until around 10 and then would not return until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. It gave me a real appreciation for the beach in the late afternoon and now I go at that time whenever I can!

Michelle Panting said...

I'm big on sunscreen too, and I'm so glad you encourage your readers to use natural sunscreens. it's because of your natural sunscreen posts that I've switched away from chemical loaded brands!

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com/

Joanna Goddard said...

csext—great to know. i wonder if it would help to put bronzer over the sunscreen. although then you'd have layers of product! :)

lauren alysse said...

when i was in high school i would hit the tanning beds like a fiend. I can't believe my mom let me do it.

I'm lucky in that I don't burn easily, but I know that damage could come back to bite me.

I'm really good about sunscreen now -- i really like supergoop and coola -- they're not physical sunscreens, but they do work well.

Joanna Goddard said...

michelle, i'm so happy to hear that! i have gotten so freaked out reading about chemical sunscreens. you really never know what chemicals will do to you; the research always seems to lag. i feel so much better using the natural kind.

Joanna Goddard said...

lauren, me too!! i cannot believe i used to go to tanning beds. i even had a frequent tanner card in college. eeps.

liz said...

honest got wonderful marks on environmental working group's skin deep database, which is a terrific resource for people trying to figure out how safe the ingredients are in their sunblock. we've been really happy with how it spreads on as well - some of the physical blocks are just so thick and sticky! i do love that company.

Alison said...

My daughter has been allergic to the several sunscreens we have tried (natural or not, even some reccommended by the dermatologist) but have finally found a winner in babo Botanicals clear zinc sunscreen. It costs a fortune but doesn't make her break out! And it smells nice!

And we always head to the beach early since my kiddos are up! I'm glad we aren't the only ones who leave before lunch!

Nicole said...

Well, I prefer to be outside all day at all hours during the summer. I use a physical sunscreen and usually wear a hat-- I wear a panama hat with nicer outfits and a ball cap for more athletic pursuits. I worship the sun and can not imagine hiding inside during the middle of a hot sunny afternoon.

Kate Uhry said...

I tried the Burts Bees, and really disliked it, it worked, but the product itself flaked off, or peeled off, the consistency was gross, any recommendations for a natural one that doesn't have that consistency?
thx

Corinne said...

For sunless tanner I tried this Alba version few weeks ago: http://www.albabotanica.com/sun/self-tanning.html
It is one of the lowest scoring (a good thing) versions on EWG's Cosmetic Database. Beware though it is pretty clear when it goes on so that can lead to streaks. Also the color is pretty dark with one application. Granted I'm quite pale but it was a bit shocking to me. Worked great though with no horrible smell since there are no chemicals.

ellesees.com said...

I'm trying to be really good about sunscreen this year. I wear it on weekends, though on weekdays I'm only outside for a short walk to the subway and I hope my SPF moisturizer covers me for that (is that bad?). I am English/Irish pale as a ghost, but it doesn't bother me. I'd rather look white than orange or red! My one hangup is getting sunscreen on my clothes, but I'm trying to overcome that deterrent and just resolve to do laundry more often.

SGrace said...

I am also a huge fan of St. Tropez! It's a little on the pricey side but it's completely natural looking and doesn't smell bad like most self-tanners.

lauravaughn said...

L'Oreal makes these sunless tanner wipes that I think work pretty well (especially considering the price). They look really natural and the color layers over a couple applications, which is great for me since I'm deathly pale. The one downside I've noticed is that when I run, the sweat in my joints (elbows especially) kind of makes the color run a bit...not that cute!

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Nina said...

I have also embraced being pale. I use coconut oil or olive oil as a sun block. They also help to take away the inflammation of sunburn and will help to keep your skin from peeling.

Patricia Paramo said...

I''m thinking of tanning beds!! I know that is horrible but I'm dying to have a nice glowy even tan!!

Is Honest only for babies?? Every time somebody mentions the company I feel like trying it haha..


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Nina said...

Also, my doctor says that eating plenty of green leafy vegetables (or a green drink every day) will help to keep down the inflammation of sunburn (and most other types of inflammation).

jane voisin said...

Like you, I am super pale, never tan and self tans look orange on me. Last year, I discovered this and it looks great. It is very subtle and looks natural. http://www.lushusa.com/Solid-Body-Tints/solid-body-tints,en_US,sc.html

Maureen Malia said...

Pale is the new tan! No question...staying as pale as possible this summer :)

I have very sensitive / pale skin and grew up always wanting to be tan - in the past few years, I have - like you - given that up and embraced my paleness. However, I am glad to have read about the sunscreen spray. I was using that pretty frequently bc of the ease of use, but I will have to switch back to the lotion. Thanks for this post!

Meredith said...

Ever since I graduated college I began a WAY better skin care routine that includes daily SPF and I'm so happy I started when I did (wish I had started earlier, actually!). I like Badger and other natural sunblock (like Honest, etc) for use when I'm in the sun.
Clarins makes a great sunless tanner :)

monica mulhern said...

I love Coola sunscreens They have wonderful scents and are all organic. They also stick well to willy nine year old boy who loves to swim.

BreakfastWithKateMoss said...

Totally agree - Coola is great. I also recommend giving Supergoop a try!

Patricia O'Shaughnessy said...

Thanks for the recomendation. I also have a child that is very allergic to most sunscreen. We have had the best luck with California Baby but we still get a small rash. I will try this type. I am huge about wearing sun protective clothing as well. My kids get so mad that they "still" must wear swim shirts (they are now 11 and 9 and it is no longer cool". I don't care. It is my rule.

Alex said...

I love Banana Boat Sunless Tanner (it never streaks) - but now I'm worried about what chemicals might be in it....

Mariah said...

I love Kiss My Face Sunscreen - I have extremely sensitive skin - even Anthelios makes me feel like my skin is melting off my face. Kiss My Face and Baby Blanket are the only ones I have yet to find that I can wear. I try to wear them every day since I am in my mid-20s now.

heronp said...

Living in Florida-I now use Zinc, big hats and sun reflective clothing when I'm on the water/beach. I was the chronic tanner during my youth (baby oil+iodine-yikes!), tanning beds and zero sunblock. Now if I want a tan, I just use the tanning cloth "tan towel" (usually just on my legs to hide my flaws) a quick brushing of bronzer on my face and I'm done.

Hannah Hosh said...

Pale all the way! As fair-skinned Alaskan, I've never been able to tan. I finally embraced my pasty-ness when I went to California for college saw the effects of years in the sun on older women. YIKES! Needless to say, I'm religious about sunblock now.

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Sip-n-Snap said...

Its true - the sunscreen is not a magic bullet. Even after applying a load of sunscreen with an SPF of 50, I can very clearly see tanning quite a few shades darker after my kid has been to the pool. You can see the difference between the covered and exposed areas

Brandy said...

Pale sisters unite! I have a dueling dilema of loving the sun, basking in its rays, and wanting to have beautiful skin/healthy skin as I age. Last year on a quickie vacation in Florida I found Sun Bum sunscreen. It is fantastic: great protection, great feel, great smell, and their pro line is oxybenzone free.

Jinsight said...

Is the Honest sunscreen less gloopy than normal natural ones? I'm all for natural sunblock, but all the ones I've tried (Badger, Yes to Cucumbers, John Masters) have been thick and very hard to blend into the skin - I feel like I have to pat them in for ages before the whiteness goes away!

Also, anyone know what the difference is between sunblock vs. sunscreen? I think I've heard somewhere that there's a key distinction.

Andrea Hawken said...

http://www.naturalnutritionadvisor.com/blog/?p=981 check that out! coconut as sunblock! :)

Larkspur Company said...

I'm ultra-pale and blonde, but I have yellow undertones so I do get tan before I burn. What a temptation! But, I slather on the sunscreen and stay in the shade nonetheless, because I know my Scandanavian complexion is so delicate to sun damage. Once or twice a year (usually before a trip to Las Vegas or my company beach party) I get an airbrush tan from a woman who has mastered an ultra-light touch for fair maidens. After the spray, I still look pale, but I don't quite glow in the dark anymore.

Larkspur Company said...

I'm ultra-pale and blonde, but I have yellow undertones so I do get tan before I burn. What a temptation! But, I slather on the sunscreen and stay in the shade nonetheless, because I know my Scandanavian complexion is so delicate to sun damage. Once or twice a year (usually before a trip to Las Vegas or my company beach party) I get an airbrush tan from a woman who has mastered an ultra-light touch for fair maidens. After the spray, I still look pale, but I don't quite glow in the dark anymore.

Ashlee said...

I've always been lucky to be an olive skinned gal who rarely ever sunburns - so I haven't exactly always been that diligent about sunscreen until recently! I've learned to embrace bronzer and sunless tanner to get that extra glow and not try so hard to put myself in the sub everyday. Also, I started wearing moisturizer with SPF everyday!

Courtney said...

The Environmental working group has a great database on sunscreen ingredient information and effectiveness...highly reccomend this site!

http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/

Heather P. said...

After years as a lifeguard, and not always being able to avoid the sun (oh, 12 hour shifts outside), I quickly learned to embrace being pale in the summer. My great-grandmother had to have part of her nose removed due to melanoma, so I have always been, and always will be, careful about sun protection. I always end up with a little bit of a tan over the summer from all the biking and hiking, but wearing sun protection means I'm doing my part to keep it under control as much as I can.

When we lived in Arizona, we stayed inside during those hours too - and I'm sure my skin will thank me for it later!

Nina said...

The sun gives me a headache and I have naturally tan skin, so I've stayed in the shade for the last decade. It turns out to not be the healthiest choice, as I now have extremely low vitamin D levels. This might have been a factor in my infertility (got pregnant with twins shortly after boosting vit D levels), and can lead to osteoporosis and dementia.

The moral of the story: don't avoid the sun completely!

Sarah said...

I am really pale thanks to my Irish heritage, but I've learned to embrace it, mostly. I really like the Jergens lotion that tans gradually.

Alexandra said...

How inconsistant that we all collectively say, "yikes!" about a topical sunscreen ingredient that might disrupt hormones, yet how many women here and around the world daily rely on ingesting/injecting/etc. hormonal birth controls directly into our systems? Where is concern for our health on that? Food for thought.

Susan M. said...

Great post. Joanna, what about your earlier recommendation for Josie Marain (sp?) for the face? I noticed that you didn't recommend it anymore. Did it not really work?
More generally, since reading a few months ago your posts about sunblock I've started wearing more organic sun products. But I haven't found a good body one that I'm happy with. Will try Honest Company. Currently my toddler and I wear babyganics; it absorbs well, but the protection is not strong enough.
Yes, avoiding the sun between 10 and 2 has generally been a good rule of thumb for us for years.

Maddy from MPDaily said...

Here is the thing. Tanning in my vice. I don't smoke, I don't drink all that much but I love love love being tan. It makes me feel healthy and was encouraged to get "brown as a berry" when I was little. But since I have gotten older, I know that it doesn't make sense. I use Jergens (my family jokes that we go on vacation to Jergovia to get that tan) but there is still hardly anything better than laying out...in moderation.

moonshinejunkyard said...

i wonder if any readers have heard about new research about the possible detrimental effects of sunscreen? i myself do not use it. i think healthy doses of vitamin D are essential for our health and for actually preventing cancer! not to be controversial, but here are a couple articles:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/scots-scientists-find-benefits-of-sunshine-outweigh-the-risks.21002347

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/sunscreen-giving-you-cancer.htm

Emily said...

You may want to try ColorScience. It's a mineral powder that's really easy to apply, especially for kids. It's a bit pricey at $50ish for a tube, but I love how you don't get that greasy sunscreen feeling.

Nina said...

That's a great article. Thanks for sharing! :)

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Holly Hardy said...

In England the mere SUGGESTION of sun prompts everyone to swap trousers for shorts, but I'm always surprised at how easy it is to be burned. I admire my girlfriends who fake tan and look incredible but somehow I'm never happy with how even the colour looks, so I've totally given up and I just go for pale and interesting! (www.holhar.blogspot.com)

Unknown said...

We're liking Seventh Generation sunscreen - non-chemical and my kids think it smells nice and blends more easily than other brands. We're also trying Babyganics this year.

We all have rash guards for pool time and I even bought one this year for myself (J.Crew has really cute ones!) - going to get one for my husband, too.

As for self-tanner, I use it on my ghostly white legs, which always seems to be lighter than my arms. I searched for a long time for a natural-ingredient self-tanner that looks believable on extremely pale skin (since I don't get "tan" anywhere). I landed on Nature's Gate Glow Lotion Light, and I really like it. I shower & exfoliate at night, do the self tanner, then put on comfy shorts to let my legs "dry" for about 30 min before putting my PJs on - I really believe this helps keep the self-tanner smell at bay. I barely notice it at all during the day. And the color is just a nice light warm color, I wouldn't even call it tan, not at all orangey or streaky. And it's inexpensive!

ewg said...

I think the FDA now requires all companies to use "sunscreen" to describe their products, because even the highest SPF on a physical block is still not going to be a complete failsafe.

LaurelAnne said...

We use Badger sunscreen which is made from the larger particle sized zinc oxide. Another thing you can do to protect yourself from a sunburn is to nourish the inside of your body too!
http://wellnessmama.com/4621/eat-your-sunscreen/

Kristen said...

Coconut oil and olive oil have zero sun protection factor and will in fact enhance the suns rays and make you fry even faster. This is the worst idea ever. It makes my skin hurt just thinking about it.

Kendra + Patricia said...

I an super easily but am very conscience of the dangers since my dad had skin cancer when I was in high school.
I saw my sister-in-law over the Memorial Day holiday and thought she'd been on some mini vacation (not possible with a newborn) and was so excited when she said it was self tanner!! It looked so natural and pretty:
http://www.sephora.com/alpha-beta-glow-pads-P282415?skuId=1325216

dying to try them out!!

bookwormss said...

I use Alba Botanica's sunscreen. I find that it blends really well, especially when compared to Badger (which I think is the worst).

http://www.ewg.org/2013sunscreen/about-the-sunscreens/499916/Alba_Botanica_Natural_Very_Emollient_Mineral_Sunscreen%2C_Fragrance_Free%2C_SPF_30/

Erika Peterson said...

I've also learned to embrace the pale and I have no regrets. Also, when I'm 50, maybe I'll have fewer wrinkles??

GOSIA said...

i have never found a sunscreen/block that wouldn't be too white or too oily or break-out free. make me happy with any recommendations, please!

Caitlin Willis said...

I'm so, so pale-like, pale enough that my veins show through my skin. I've tried all the sunless tanners out there and my top pick is St Tropez foam. (insider tip: put lotion on your knees and feet and on your hands then spread it and immediately wash). Also I just bought Josie Maran's shower tanning foam and I've been experimenting.... results are not in yet but it's worth a try (plus her stuff is made from argan oil so less chemicals!) Sounds like a lot of work but like I said, so pale!

Brooke said...

I'm a huge fan of St. Tropez's gradual tanning lotion. It doesn't have the typical sunless tanner smell, looks natural, and builds really well!

sunflower seedz said...

Sorry I havent followed the thread of comments. Im a wheatest co, plextion girl and I work in he film industry...we spend our everyday in the sun and iv had alot of bad reactions to diff sunscreens untill I discovered the thailand edition of Boots luminese suncreen 50 and 30 spf which I apply with a drop of liquid foundation. Makes the skin radiante and the sunflower extract in it does wonders fr my skin.
Does anybody else add hat lil drop of foundation to their snscreen? Cuz I find when I dont, I just look like an oily face.

Karina Louise Photography said...

I am happy to read this post. I have finally accepted my pale Norwegian-roots skin, and I can't believe I used to care so much about trying to get a tan. :)

www.seeingbeautyblog.com

shelbyisrad said...

I'm so pale, i just don't get tan and sunburns aren't worth it.
I can't find a good sunless tanner either. So I just embrace the pale.

Katie said...

I embraced pale after several severe sunburns finally taught me my Irish skin is not made for tanning--and that's OK!

I'm careful to wear sunscreen when I'm outdoors and cover up as much as possible (long lightweight shirts when I hike, for example). As a result, I was diagnosed as severely vitamin D deficient last year and my doctor put me on a prescription strength supplement to get my vitamin D level back to normal. Since then I've taken over the counter vitamin D supplements (1000 IUD) daily (mostly). I recommend getting your vitamin D levels checked next time you see your doctor, if you cover up and wear sunscreen religiously.

Brandy said...

Second that! Same experience here (I also saw another commenter above with the same story).

Cosmic said...

thank you, jo!

Kris said...

I agree!! I live in England and just discovered I have a vitamin D deficiency because I don't get enough sun!! So though I agree that sunscreen is important, I think some sun is essential for health and well being.

Stephanie Falcon said...

Try this one http://amzn.com/B0046VGPHQ
I use to swear by St. Tropez also but this one is actually much cheaper and works even better! As a pale girl who grew up in Miami, I've definitely tried them all lol

Lizzie Polish said...

My family pretty much maintains a year round glow despite living in New England. We spend a lot of time sailing so during the warmest months I make sure everyone is wearing sunscreen on the water because we've all burned the parts in our hair and that is no fun. There just isn't generally an opportunity to reapply it and it does wear off after 12+ hours so people still get pretty tan. Once the weather gets colder nobody wears sunscreen it despite the fact that you still get sun on the water. I can never get anyone to wear it skiing either. We always wear sunscreen on the beach though. The rest of the time I have to admit that I don't wear any sunscreen. When I do use sunscreen I use super heavy duty waterproof stuff so I'm not obsessing about reapplying it every single time my face gets wet. I'm pretty dubious that most natural sunscreen would be enough.

darnie said...

I'm going to try Kate Somerville's tanning towelettes. They're suppose to smell like lemon and leave you a nice color...I usually have someone spray me but I thought I would try these. I haven gone in the sun for decades and I promise you when your old you'll thank your lucky stars that you stayed out of the sun! I have friends who were sun worshipers and when the sun wasn't out they went to tanning salons. They sadly look wrinkly, and have had to have skin cancers removed. For sun moderation is key.

Shan said...

Hi Joanna!

It makes me happy to hear you embrace pale skin. I used to be so self-concious about my paleness. I don't know if other readers have had similar experiences, but I've found that people can be shockingly rude when commenting on my skin color. ("You're a ghost!" "Do you go outside?" or usually just "You're so pale!") This used to really get to me, and I used to use fake tanner, lay out and try to tan, even tried tanning beds--and then I realized it was so silly. I actually look BETTER with my natural skin color. Instead of fake tanner, I've invested in makeup products to enhance my pale skin--I use rosy or peach blush and highlighter for a "dewy" look.

Now when people say to me, "Wow, you are so pale," I smile big and say, "Thank you!"

joaninha said...

I have always been pale and contine to embrace my paleness. Coming from a South American background (Ipanema baby) I knew from teh get go never to go out in the sun from 9am to 5pm because it was always the worst sun you could get. My mother who tanned as a teen (and is covered in freckles) however kept my brother and I away from the sun knowing that. I've remained with that theory even now in my 30's.

I figure you could look like shake and bake and get a faux tan or give yourself a higher risk of skin cancer so why bother? Besides back in ancient times being very pale was considered a sign of nobility. (Look as a teen I was slightly obsessed with Marie Antoinette.) I say be safe, get some color but moderation is key.

tapatia.ca said...

Hi Jo!

I am Mexican so I have a bit of a head start when it comes to tans. However, I live in Canada and our long and ridiculous winters have turned me into probably the palest Mexican, ever. But seriously! :p
When I was in high school I had my first go at self tanning, since my moms idea of tanning included SPF 50, and it was disastrous.

I had learned to embrace my yellow-esque tint until a friend of mine told me about Marcelle's I-Bronze wipes. You wipe your body with them and you actually get a subtle yet nice even golden tan. They have been my best friends this long winter, to say the least. Test them out! They won't turn you (or your hands!) orange.

Briana Terry said...

With freckles and red hair, I hide from the sun every chance I get! But I wasn't so wise in my teen years and used to lay out and fake-bake (barf!).

But now I wear sunscreen RELIGIOUSLY. And I reapply it to any exposed skin at least twice a day (as a stay-at-home mom with a busy toddler, we're at home A LOT).

I mean, have you seen the truck driver of 30 years who never wore sunscreen?! ( http://www.bionicbriana.com/2012/06/leather-face.html ) He should be the poster child for what your skin will look like if you let it fry.

emily o. said...

Actually, coconut oil provides just the right amount of sun protection while still allowing your body to absorb the vitamin D that it needs! It sounds scary, I know, but it works!

http://younglivingoillady.com/home/coconut-oil-and-sun-protection/

http://www.naturalnutritionadvisor.com/blog/?p=981

kristen smith said...

Im not sure if this sunscreen has the bad stuff in it but I recently started ising hawain tropic with shimmer 30spf. It doesnt give you a lasting tan but it does smell good and gives my pale skin a natural glow while still protecting me from the sun.

katelin said...

I have always embraced my pale screen and was forced to wear loads of sunscreen as a child. i am happy to say as I counts down the days to my 30th birthday most people think I am ten years younger. I thank the sunscreen for my fair and wrinkle free complextion

aliciajane said...

Sadly, it will not :/

Sara said...

It's important to note that your clothes aren't protecting you as much as you might think! That lightweight t-shirt only has an SPF of about 5!
For extra protection, especially at the beach or pool, I really like the brand Cabana Life (www.cabanalife.com) -- they have great cover-ups, hats, & swimsuits for women, plus kid's swimsuits, rashguards, hats, and cover-ups too! All with 50+ UV protection.

Em said...

I live in Australia (hello strong sun) and we were always taught from childhood that 'between 11 and 3, stay under a tree'. The other sun-safe slogan permanently burned into my memory is 'slip, slop, slap'- slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat!

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Sunshine Burns said...

Our pediatrician recommended Blue Lizard sunscreen for my child who seems to break out with a rash to every "sensitive" skin type we try, maybe it would work for you!

Roseann Bath Photography said...

Joanna, you're so good. Always directing us towards things that will help make our lives better, healthier, happier, yummier, prettier...the list goes on. Thanks for looking out for your readers. :)

www.roseannbathphoto.com

Danielle Villano said...

My skin is so sensitive, and it's also that annoying "combination" skin that they make moisturizers for.... finding a good sunscreen is difficult, but it's an absolute must!

I don't use tanners, but I do like tinted moisturizers with SPF! Laura Mercier is wonderful.

Best,
Danielle
http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

kate718 said...

Thanks, Joanna! Can anyone recommend a good face screen/block for skin prone to breakouts? My skin is sensitive and gets oily -- I haven't found anything that works, even after recommendations from dermatologists and estheticians. Everything seems to leave my skin feeling greasy and with new problem areas. I don't wear moisturizer for the same reasons. I wear mineral powder with SPF 15, and I just don't feel protected. On days where I'll be in the sun a lot, I lather up with a high-SPF face block for sensitive skin, but it's not great for everyday use. Any ideas? Thanks so much!

Kathleen Heffner said...

I love to sunbathe (just 15 minutes on front and back) but have a hard time finding the time.

jumblebit said...

How funny- my mom and I were just wondering about sunblock! We'd heard there were lots of harmful chemicals in them, but I know that I should really be using it to keep my skin healthy. Thanks for sharing these brands!

Christina Crisostomo said...

Hi Joanna, I love your blog and read every day -- but please remember that not all of your readers are pale-skinned ladies! When you write, "Will you be staying pale this summer?" it makes me feel excluded as a woman of color as it implies that you're writing for a white audience (even though I don't think that was your intention). Asking "Will you be tanning this summer?" or "Will you avoid the sun this summer?" would have been more inclusive. Please keep this in mind for further posts!

Operion M'Sia said...

Joanna, you're so good. Always directing us towards things that will help make our lives better, healthier, happier, yummier, prettier...the list goes on. Thanks for looking out for your readers. :)

Regards
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shararehali said...

Did you read the comments there, too? One reader commented that melanoma in Australia and in a few less warmer states in the US are more common. And suspicions that this maybe caused through the extensive use of sunscreen.
Another commenter said the higher rates in for example Connecticut comes from the opposite that the people there get not enough sunlight.
Don't understand me wrong heavy sunexposure is not good but at the opposite sun rays help with a lot of skin issues and I think loading up with massive amounts of product counteracts this. For example wintertime in NY even the fairest people should forget their SPF, plain moisturizer is enough then.

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sara said...

I loove the whole pale skin thing...won't work for me at all though, I tan too easily and living in italy means already in may I usually already tan without even wanting to. I definitely avoid being in the sun for the hottest part of the day, mostly to avoid sunstroke though.
I think when it comes to tanning common sense is always the best thing, especially with sensitive or pale skin. Not wearing spf won't kill you, I don't really get all the drama around it...

Mariana Reis said...

Is that a mineral based sunscreen? I've heard those work fantastic.

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I use l'occitane and very happy with it. It actually does evens my skin.
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Felicia said...

I find this post interesting because, as a naturally tan-skinned girl, my main concern with the sun is getting too dark (so that my skin looks muddy). I've always envied pale girls because of the resistance pale skin has to looking dark to the point of looking unnatural. But it's cool seeing a different perspective on it! I guess all of our physical qualities come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages alike.

Carol-Ann Langley said...

You're "dying" to have a nice glowy tan? Tanning beds will make that wish come true, literally. They are worse than actually laying in the sun.

http://www.skincancer.org/news/tanning/tanning-beds-who-issues-official-warning

Sammi said...

I like to have a bit of a tan, but I am blonde and fair (ish). Luckily I work most days between 11-3 so I miss that dangerous spot but even then I whack on SPF 15 every hour when I'm outside and make sure to drink plenty of fluids. On top of that, living in the Canary Islands for a while makes you appreciate how quickly skin is to burn-- I once got really badly burnt walking from one end of town to the other for a meeting at about 1,30 in the afternoon! Sunscreen forever!

Lynn said...

Hi Kate -- My skin breaks out a bit (though I'm 45) and last year I found a face sunscreen that didn't make me break out like all the others. I used it every day for 2 weeks on our annual beach vacation. It's Cleanance by Avène and is SPF 30+. It might be hard to find in the US, but here's a link: http://pharmamundi.com/skin-care/skin-sun-care/avene-cleanance-high-protection-emulsion-spf-30-for-acne-prone-skin-50ml.html/ Note I don't use it in my "normal" life, just on the beach. Good luck! Lynn

kate718 said...

Thanks so much, Lynn! I will check it out.

Sausage said...

I'm not 100% sold on sunscreens--even the "natural" ones. I just cover myself and my son up. We wear long-sleeved light cotton shirts and hats with large brims. I probably look like a prude, but I don't care!

lomer said...

My family has a huge history of skin cancer so mom always insisted on the sunscreen. As an adult I've kept up the habit and it totally pays off. I look at pictures of my friends from high school and I look DECADES younger than some of them. Apparently a childhood spent in Florida means a lot of my peers appreciated a "healthy glow" aka, damaging their skin and prematurely aging them.

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lipstick and soda said...

such a lovely post, thanks for sharing! i was raised to be very careful about being sunburnt and would rather be a little paler than a very tan but wrinkly old lady :) i have been trying out self tanners lately (ambre solaire by garnier) on my legs, just to give them a little more oompf.

girlseeksplace said...

I use Aveeno SPF 70 on my face every single day. The rest of me is pasty white. When I was in college, we used to go to beach every day during the summer. I was super tan back then. Now that I'm back in Vegas where the sun and heat are much more oppressive, especially during the summer, I avoid going out at all costs. I've never used self-tanners - I always think of that episode of FRIENDS where Ross goes to the tanning booth and turns orange because he doesn't follow what the guy says for him to do.

Tania said...

hi! i am also allergic to tons and tons of sunscreen, even the baby sunscreens and hypoallergenic ones. i have since learned that i probably have a very rare chemical allergy to the stuff in sunscreen (maybe the active ingredient or maybe something else). i have a babo clear zinc stick which i love, but i also found this sunscreen that is fantastic. like babo, it uses clear zinc and no chemical ingredients. i wear it every day without problem. hopefully it might work for you, too! i know how frustrating it is to burn easily and not be able to find a great sunscreen: http://www.amazon.com/BurnOut-Eco-Sensitive-Sunscreen-SPF-Size/dp/B001B9RGVU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370444987&sr=8-3&keywords=burnout+sunscreen

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I love Arbonne self-tanner!

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i was embracing the pale, but my legs can look a little scary. i started using a self tanner called "fake bake" and it's easy to apply and does a pretty good job of adding just enough color - i'd highly recommend it!
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emmyjay said...

I'm allergic to lots of sunscreens and it stems from an aloe sensitivity of all things! As long as it doesn't have aloe, I'm fine. Even a small amount of the stuff causes hives and a terrible rash to break out all over my skin. Could be worth checking into.

Pretty In Primal said...

Such a good point! We weren't designed to hide in the shade all of our days. We really need vitamin D. Vitamin D and prudent sun exposure may actually help protect us against skin cancer:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/16/sun-can-protect-you-against-skin-cancer.aspx

That being said, strengthening the skin's own internal protection is important.
I've found that after having changed my diet and starting a D3 supplement (as part of an autoimmune protocol), my fair, freckled skin is much more resistant to burning. At first, I wondered if it was just me, but apparently, there are a lot of people who have noticed this- check the comments in this article:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/8-natural-ways-to-prevent-a-sunburn-and-sunscreens-not-one-of-them/#axzz2VMQm5fde

I still wear physical chemical free sunscreen on my face/neck/chest every day to prevent aging (I like Devita Rx SPF 50 or Pratima Neem SPF 30- neither make me break out) and if I'm going to be outside awhile, I use it on my arms and legs, but otherwise, I let myself get a little sun.
Last summer, when I forgot to reapply my sunscreen during a day out on (and in) a lake, I only got slightly pink, which quickly turned to a tan and never peeled, whereas before, I'd have fried! I'm so glad I don't burn like I used to!

fabfortyplus.com said...

I really like Neutrogena,Beach Defense SPF 70 sweat & water resistant, nice scent, its very light and goes a long way. Great tips.

Emily Garrett said...

I have tried ordering items from the Honest Company several times and I do like their products but I have just had terrible experiences with their shipping, website functionality, customer service and inventory management. I suspect that Joanna's experience with the company may not be representative of a typical customer's experience. I think the products are nice and it looks like the sunscreen is a good option but I would just be warned that they may be difficult to deal with.

samantha lee said...

After having some skin cancer removed 2 summers ago (swim team and living in the desert for my childhood were not good combinations for me) I embrace pale skin, umbrellas and lots of sunscreen.

Moon said...

Being Chinese, I try to stay away from the sun. Sunscreen ALWAYS. Otherwise, the freckles get a little crazy.

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e said...

Take note: the sun avoidance craze has gone too far. I developed Multiple Sclerosis because of a lack of vitamin D. This is increasingly common in young women growing up further away from the equator.

Sun damage can potentially cause TWO types of cancer - Vitamin D deficiency is linked to more than THIRTY types of cancer, including colon, breast, and oesophageal. It's also linked to a host of other diseases including multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, memory loss – and even weight gain.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-cancer-20090729-e1mg.html#ixzz2VOOm9SJE

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I don't use sunscreen :)
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AmandaPants said...

Neutrogena Build-A-Tan is great! It's subtle enough to not make you look like you're using a self-tanner. It just give you a slightly warmer look. I use it on my face, shoulders and legs in the summer about every 2 days. Results take 24 hours, so if you want your legs to have a little color while wearing shorts, put it on the day before.

Rachel said...

The absolute BEST tanner I've ever used is Diana B. First, it does not even have a hint of that fake tanner smell at all (YAY!), it smells a little like chocolate just when you apply. It is on the lighter side of tanners, so this is best for very fair people. Also it shows up immediately, so no waiting! But it is a bit messy to apply; the foam is a chocolate brown color and tends to get everywhere in my shower, but rinses away easily with water. I honestly can't say enough good things about Diana B.

Doody Mac said...

I wear the lightest color foundation available (haha!) and have for years. I used to go to a tanning bed in my early twenties, and still regret it. I embrace my brown hair, blue eyes and fair skin, and like to make it all pop with bright red or fuchsia lipstick! 35 and not a wrinkle! Take care of it!

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Lauren jonczak said...

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