Don’t let sunburn be a pain in the neck!

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Okay, since summer is here (sort of) I thought I may as well issue my annual sunburn warning. British men’s attitude to sun protection has improved immeasurably in recent times, which is just as well given that malignant melanoma is the sixth most common cancer in men and death rates from it are 70% higher in us than in women.

dermalogica spfWith all the will in the world, though, it’s all too easy to end up with a nasty dose of sunburn, especially as our unpredictable British weather means that you can leave the house in fog, lunch in sunshine and return home in pouring rain. And as you can see from the picture above it’s easy for people to get caught out unexpectedly. They guy in the pic is actually a friend of mine who slathered on the sunscreen for a one hour walk to work but forgot to protect one crucial bit – the back of his neck. It’s a part of the body that catches the sun easily so make sure that when you protect your face you always take your sunscreen around the back of your neck, into the nape and over the ears (another prime place for burning).

If you always want to be prepared, do as I do and carry a product like dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Shield SPF30, which is compact enough to fit in a bag or pocket, and  ensure you go under the line of your shirt or T-shirt so you’re still protected even if your clothing moves. Nivea’s Sun Kids Pocket Sized SPF 30 is handy to have at hand too. Bottom line is: always be prepared if you don’t want sunburn to be a  – literal – pain in the neck.

Grooming Guru Essentials: SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50

I know the summer’s almost over but I just wanted to give a shout out to the one product that has loyally seen me through the sunshine we did have this year: SkinCeuticals’Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50. This high-performance mineral sunscreen has been an absolute godsend.

Since I have a fair, easily burnt Celtic complexion I’m uber-cautious about sunburn so always like to play safe with a high SPF. This lightweight liquid has been with me on beaches, picnics and impromptu hill walks throughout the summer and I can’t speak highly enough of it.

Absolutely nothing got through it and though I’ve tanned slightly, I never burnt once. It might be a mere 50mls in size but I’ve still got enough left for an Indian Summer and its dinkiness means I’ve always been able to finds a bag or pocket to store it. If you’ve still got hols in the pipeline don’t leave home without some.

Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50 is available from http://www.skinceuticals.co.uk, priced £28 for 50ml

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.

Grooming Guru Essentials: Nivea Sun Pocket Size SPF30

Sometimes the very best grooming products aren’t the most expensive, coolest or most beautifully packaged. Sometimes they’re just simple, effective and functional. Very, occasionally, as in this case, they’re lifesavers.

The number of men dying from skin cancer has doubled in the last 30 years in the UK  partly, one suspects,  because we’re a bit crap at slathering on the sunscreen. There are times, of course, when even the most diligent of us gets caught out. After all, who carries a huge bottle of sun lotion with them everywhere?

This dinky 50 ml bottle of factor 30 suncream, then, is a godsend. Perfect for gym bags, work bags, car glove boxes and small enough for your trouser pocket when you pop out  at lunchtime, it’s my undisputed summer 2011 essential. Go buy!

Available now, priced £5.10

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.

Garnier at Wimbledon – a good call

garnier 1Reluctant as I am to admit it, one of my favourite activities during Wimbledon (apart from giggling at the the ubiquitous grunting) is spotting something almost as British as the overpriced Pimms (£6.30 a glass this year)  – the sunburn. What is it with us Brits? Why are we so incapable of doing the decent thing and slapping on the sunscreen?

Yesterday while I killed time before the Andy Murry match on Centre Court I spotted all manner of summer skin disasters – burnt shoulders, charred toes, fried foreheads and  peculiar ‘peep-hole’ burns cause by women forgetting they had dresses on with cut-outs on the back.

 

 

garnier-2-1Being of Celtic complexion I made sure I was fully factored up before I left the house but it was comforting to see that Garnier’s life-saving  Ambre Solaire girls were on hand to dish out free protection to anyone in need (they even gave me a quick top up with some Clear Protect Spray). Of course, it’s easy to see their presence as a cynical marketing excercise but there was no hard sell or aggressive sales patter, just a friendly smile, some useful  advice on sun protection and a free spray to make sure you didn’t end up the colour of a Wimbledon  strawberry. All-in-all a good call from Garnier and one which may, without being over dramatic,  even save a few lives.  

 

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