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50 and over and not sure what sunscreen is the best. At this stage in the game of life, sunscreen is extremely important. As s child in the 70’s Coppertone was not sunscreen. No, it was dark tanning lotion that smelled incredible. You knew you were in Florida when you saw the billboard with the Coppertone baby, dog pulling at bathing suit bottoms to reveal a white rear end. I actually have a copy of that billboard in my beach house. We worshiped the sun and some people (not me) used baby oil with iodine to create a sun-kissed look. The magazines of this time featured women with a “healthy glow”. I was lucky, I have a good bit of Cherokee Indian in me and my skin tans under a light bulb.
The 80’s again featured models with tan skin and an athletic look that represented healthily. We laid out in the sun with products such as Hawaiian Tropic and Panama Jack and tanning beds were the rage.
Sun Tanning in the 70’s & 80’s
In the 90’s someone said, “we have a problem“. and next thing you knew, sunscreen lotion was everywhere. I remember trying to put it on my children and the many fights we endured. We were told the sun is bad, and our senior adult parents and grandparents were having melanomas picked off of them like ticks.
In 2000’s till today- it is all about SUNSCREEN. Magazines feature women who are pasty white. “Women of color” are now just about ethnicity not about a healthy glow. Tan beds are evil while fake tans are all the rage. If you want a summer glow you can create it in numerous self-tanners and makeup. We are preached at about the damage sun does to our skin and the fear of skin cancer.
Getting serious here…… I know way too many friends who have had scares with skin cancer. We now spray each other down with sunscreen, share who is the best dermatologist, and hold the hand, comforting the friend who is going in for Mohs surgery.
So today I am going to share my Sunscreen Favorites. As I have told you before, I am a big tennis player and play multiple times a week. I have tested sunscreen for protection and staying ability.
Here are my favorites:
Sunscreen Favorites Are Sweat Tested!