The Jury’s Still Out on How Bad Sunscreens Are for Corals

Mikhail Matz loves corals. As a biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Matz is well aware of the many threats corals face: global warming, pollution, ocean acidification, you name it. But when it comes to the danger posed by sunscreen chemicals – some of which are now banned in certain U.S. states and countries after research found they could bleach coral in the lab – Matz just isn’t convinced. Read More >>

Do You Really Need a Sunscreen With Blue Light Protection?

Choosing the best sunscreen is already a daunting task, what with the myriad of confusing SPF options, sprays, sticks, and lotions, mineral versus chemical, water-resistant or sheer, and so on. The task has only been made more confusing in the past few years as new (and often expensive) sunscreens have begun to market themselves as protection not only from ultraviolet rays, but from blue light as well. Read More >>

Palau Becomes First Nation to Ban Sunscreens That Harm Corals

Sunscreen is essential for any tropical trip. After all, no one’s trying to return home with red, burnt skin. Your favourite brand may soon be illegal, however, if you’re headed to Palau, a 500-island archipelago in the Pacific. Why? Because some sunscreens contain chemicals that are harmful to coral. Read More >>

The Best Way to Apply Suncream on Your Face, Revealed by a UV Camera

I am a bit of a suncream fanatic. My morning and midday suncream applications are ritualistic in nature, and I love trying out new products that claim to shield my precious skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Luckily for me (and unluckily for my wallet), there are a menagerie of sunscreen products on the market these days: sticks, sprays, lotions, powders, and more. Read More >>

Why Your SPF 15 Sunscreen Probably Isn’t Enough to Protect You From the Sun

Are you always careful to apply sunscreen before a day outdoors, but find yourself getting burned anyway? It might be due to your application technique. Dermatologists say that most people don’t put on a thick enough layer sunscreen, and new research – in which scientists put varying amounts of sunscreen on volunteers’ butts – shows how those thin applications of sunscreen fail to provide the SPF listed on the bottle. Read More >>

Don’t Use Spray Sunscreen

I love sunscreen. I wear it every day, even in the winter. Applying sunscreen regularly is one of the few things you can do to directly prevent cancer (skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK). It’s also the best anti-ageing product you can use. Do you know why older skin gets dull, wrinkled, and spotted? It’s because of years of exposure to the sun. Read More >>

‘Drinkable Sunscreen’ Creator is Getting Sued For Obviously Dangerous Product

Imagine yourself enjoying an idyllic day at the beach: You’ve been sitting out in the sun for hours and are starting to get a bit thirsty. Do you feel compelled to reach for a bottle of ice cold water from the cooler, or a sudden urge to shotgun the nearest bottle of Coppertone? If you answered the latter, I have some bad news for you, friend. Read More >>

KFC Is Giving Away Sun Cream That Makes You Smell Like Fried Chicken

The summer is drawing to a close, but there’s still time to catch some rays, get a glowing tan, and smell like extra crispy fried chicken (if you go abroad). Kentucky Fried Chicken—or KCF as it likes to be called now—is giving away tubes of sun cream that make you smell like you’ve slathered yourself in the Colonel’s secret 11 herbs and spices. That’s a good thing, right? Read More >>

The Life-Saving Science Behind Sunscreen

Every summer we slather layers of sunscreen with the highest SPF we can find, and bravely venture outside hoping our slimy cloak will shield us from the sun's death rays. So how does this work? Read More >>

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How Suncream Works (and Why You’re Wrong About It)

Your skin shouldn't look like a package of pork cracklins after spending the day outdoors; that's why we invented suncream. However, there's a right way and a wrong way to slather on your protection — screw it up and you could get burned. Read More >>

Banana Boat Sunscreen Might Set You on Fire

Sunscreen is good for you, and not just because your mom told you so. It can help prevent skin cancer! Unless it's one of these just-recalled Banana Boat variants, in which case you might die in flames. Read More >>