I’ve got on my sunscreen high horse before. And I’ll get on it again. And again. And again.
I’m going to sound like I have a pole firmly up my buttock cheeks here but most people when they meet me for the first time do not believe that I am
39 40 42 oh, ok, I’m 44. There, I’ve said it. I’m not going to scan my birth certificate here and upload it for you. You’re just going to have to take my word for it.
And while you are perhaps thinking, geeze, she’s a bit up yourself, isn’t she?, I’m not.
I’m just a living, breathing, on-going, scientific, skin experiment. The simple fact my research has uncovered thus far is this:
If you wear sunscreen and resist baking your face as a teenager and 20-something, your skin will reward your due diligence by not resembling a face-shaped leather bag when you try to slip quietly and un-noticed into your 40s.
It’s not all been smooth sailing in my sunscreen research laboratory.
At the risk of really sounding like an
old chook terribly sensible mature woman, I have to say that, as a kid, sunscreens were limited at best, dodgy at worst.
I remember many a summer holiday being slathered in a clear gel that actually stung on contact. I was red before even being exposed to the sun. Our annual holiday to Surfers Paradise included driving past the Coppertone billboard that showed a dog biting down the swimsuit bottom to show off the suntan marks … of a toddler! My brothers and I wore t-shirts (none of those new-fangled lycra things) in the water but only after we’d already been in there for a couple of hours, were burned, had a rash on our stomachs from our surf mats and wanted to keep catching dumpers.
Mum was working with the resources she had at hand.
Thankfully those resources are much improved. So you and I have absolutely no excuse not to slap it on.
This video and post is dedicated to the big guns in my sunscreen arsenal. We live at the beach. I ain’t no beach bunny so you won’t find me reaching for anything but a 30+ for a morning at the beach.
(Oh, and if you’re reading this in your Google reader or iPad reader app, the video might not show up – clickety click over here if you’d like to hear me getting all evangelical about my fave sunscreens.)
Shopping suggestions (as mentioned in the video)
1. Le Tan Sports Gel SPF 30+ (110ml) $10.99 | 2. Le Tan Coconut Oil SPF 30+ (125ml) $10.99 | 3. Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear Anti-Ageing Facial Moisturising Sunscreen (50g) $32 | 4. Neutrogena Sport Face SPF 30+ (70ml) $14.99 | 5. NIVEA Swim & Play SPF 30+ (150ml) $13.95 | 6. Ella Bache Great 30+ Sportsbloc (130ml) $39
Do you have a favourite sunscreen that you always stock up on for summer? Did you suffer at the hands of dodgy sunscreen as a kid? And please tell me you’re no longer baking your face in the sun. Please?