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I 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 piña 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.
Dave Lackie, editor
BEAUTY the guide and Grooming the guide