Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t start daydreaming about sun, surf and…sunscreen!? Come on, it’s never too early to think about protecting your porcelain skin from crispy UV rays!

This one’s tough. You’ve slathered most of your beach body with SPF 100, but that hard-impossible-to-reach portion of your back is still exposed to that fireball in the sky. Is there a hack for that? Join the Hack My Life Tumblr Challenge, and keep yourself pale and pasty like the day you were born.

Submit your Week 6 hack here!


My friend Thomas Leveritt is enjoying well-earned wild success for his video, “How the sun sees you,” which shows what your face looks like under UV light—and then with sunscreen.

CONGRATULATIONS to this week’s Hack My Life Tumblr Challenge winner: HERMESMAKESTHINGS! Next time you encounter a plate of delicious steamy corn on the cob, grab a pair of chopsticks and chow down.

Alright, now put the corn down and pay attention…

The good news: beach season is 3 months away right around the corner

The bad news: beach means sun, which means painful sunburns

The worst news: it’s nearly impossible to apply sunscreen to that no-mans-land on the center of your back

Is there a hack for that? SOS!!!

Help your fellow pasty people remain non-charred, and your submission could be featured in next week’s episode of Hack My Life.

Submit your Week 6 Challenge hack now!

The signs at the beach

Aries: Frolicking around with Pisces, playing with an over-sized beach ball and cracking jokes before dying from laughter

Taurus: Grabbing an ice cream from the ice cream van and buying two more for Libra and Leo (they requested them for Instagram posts)

Gemini: Hiding under an umbrella and putting on the entire bottle of sunscreen before leaving the safety of the shade for a few minutes and then using all of Virgo’s sunscreen as well

Cancer: Diving under waves and laughing at Scorpio, who keeps getting dumped, until they get dumped too and then just sit and laugh together

Leo: Taking selfies in their brand new swimsuit, which they look fabulous in, and then enjoying their ice cream before putting on a straw hat and sunnies and scouting for some good-looking people with Scorpio

Virgo: Ignoring everyone else, because they’re too busy trying to perfect the art of body-boarding with Aquarius, who insists that if they tilt their body a certain way they will go faster

Libra: Wandering around and snapping pictures of the fun day for their scrapbook, did they mention that they’re like, professional at scrapbooking?

Scorpio: Laughing and splashing around with Cancer (they happen to be besties) before going scouting for hotties with Leo, whom is talking about the importance of someone who has abs

Sagittarius: Bought a mini radio and is choosing all the songs and lining them up to ensure the best line-up of songs for the day

Capricorn: Chilling with Gemini trying to convince them to go easy on the sunscreen, while merely appreciate the beauty of the view

Aquarius: Talking about all the animals found in the ocean, and their dangers (but they will go in anyway) because they want to bodysurf 

Pisces: Dying from fright after a single piece of seaweed thinking it’s a hostile creature, overhearing Aquarius talking about all the dangerous creature really isn’t helping…

There are consequence to all we do!

Sunscreen Floods Oceans as Warmer Waters Boost Tourism

Researchers have begun to focus on the environmental and health consequences of nanoparticles, tiny shreds of elements used in a range of commercial products. One of them is the impact of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles used in sunscreens.

David Sánchez-Quiles, a doctoral candidate at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Spain, explained that nanoparticles of TiO2 act as ultraviolet light filters in sunscreens, but are often coated with silica or alumina to avoid undesirable reactions on the skin.

Yet in water, this coating can dissolve, releasing the TiO2 and allowing it to react with sunlight and oxygen to form numerous compounds, one being hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2.

Though familiar to humans as an antiseptic, high levels of H2O2 can inhibit the growth of phytoplankton, tiny plants that are the base of many ocean food chains.

Along with a team of scientists, Sánchez-Quiles recently published a study in Environmental Science & Technology. The team found levels of both TiO2 and H2O2 to be high enough in the waterways tested to pose a threat to bacterial and base-level plankton populations.


freshprinceofdorne-deactivated2 asked:

what are your favourite sunscreens?

Love Supergoop, carry it with me everywhere. But I think Shiseido  and its drugstore version from Kose are the best because they’re super absorbent. Asian formulation of sunscreens tend to be more watery and less greasy and generally way better. They care a lot more about skincare than America….my grandma and all my Asian relatives have like, shrines to Shiseido near the beds and they don’t even have freckles because of it. Skinceuticals is also a cult beauty editor favorite and it’s very watery, but I prefer Kose because I’m a snob and I like to have things no one else does. 

anonymous asked:

Hi! Hope you're doing well. I just wanted to ask whether or not we can sunscreen on our eyelids. Are they too delicate for a regular sunscreen?

Good question! The eyelids, tops of ears, and lips are actually really high-risk areas for developing skin cancers because they are commonly missed by sunscreen!

Eyes are delicate, and eyelids are more delicate than surrounding skin. They are common areas to get flares of eczema and psoriasis and thus need appropriate moisturizing and UV protection.  

Most general “full body” sunscreens may irritate the eyes if they are sweated or leaked into the eyes, and lots of them are not tested for use around the eyes. There are special facial and eyelid SPF containing sunscreens on the market that can be used, but they’re generally a lot more expensive than regular sunscreens (I’m talking $20-$50 for a 1-4oz bottle). But in a person with eczema on the eyelids or a lot of occupational or recreational sun exposure, they may be a good investment. 

SkinCeuticals makes a product specifically for eyelids (it’s $30 for 0.3oz - ouch). And you’d be surprised - many makeup brands like Maybelline put up to SPF 30 in their products, so that can be a cheaper option. And don’t forget hats and sunglasses! Large-framed sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection will cover both your eyelids and your eyes, which can also suffer from sun damage over the years (google pterygium and pingueculum, two of the coolest medical terms around).

Or you could just eschew the sun and take your vitamin D chewies every day like me (0/10 doctors recommend) :(.