was fortunate to grow up on Georgian Bay in Ontario,
a massive freshwater lake with beautiful white sand
beaches. We’d spend hours swimming, building sand
castles and lying on massive beach towels.
Unfortunately, sun protection was never discussed.
By the second week in June, I’d be lobster red and would
be slathering on Noxema over my bad burns. Four days later,
I’d repeat the process. I think my grandmother may have
had a bottle of sunscreen with SPF 4 in it. But she was more
concerned with the scent that reminded her of the pina
coladas she discovered on her one trip to Hawaii years earlier
than actual protection.
Thankfully, we now know the danger of too much sun
exposure. Not only does it accelerate the signs of skin aging,
but it can lead to skin cancer. I’ve actually had a large sun
spot removed that my doctor said looked suspicious. My
best advice is to find a good quality sunscreen that you like
the texture of and will wear. Sunscreen is useless if you won’t
wear it. Shiseido, Clarins and Kiehl’s all have really good
formulas. The biggest advances in sun protection lately are
lighter formulas that feel good on skin.
I often get asked if makeup with SPF is enough protection?
The answer is sadly, no. Think of it as an added bonus. The
sunscreens in makeup don’t provide enough protection. You
need to start with a good sunscreen first. Be sure to apply on
the top of your ears, back of the neck and for women, the
back of your legs. That is the most common place for skin
cancer to appear. I’m thinking it is because it is the spot most
people forget when applying.
This issue is packed with the best summer beauty, skincare
and fragrance launches. You’ll find our special men’s section:
Grooming the guide
this month. And there are some really
interesting interviews. I hope you enjoy this issue.
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