Mikoh | Kalani and Oleema Miller, Orange County, CA
With a blinding number of sunscreen options, where do you start? Right here! Our derm-approved guide will help you pinpoint the perfect SPF for your summer activities.
Your sun situation: You're rarely a rays person, except for those precious seven days of vacay. Going from 0 to 60 in the sun demands serious protection—the kind used by surfers and lifeguards, minus the white strip of zinc down your nose (although that works if you're willing, Dr. Herschenfeld says).
Your shield: A heavy-duty block that's high on SPF. "Look for the mineral UV filters zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—because they're big molecules, they sit atop skin and last longer," Dr. Friedman says. We like Shade SPF 30+ Opaque ($28; amazon.com), which was created by surfers. You can apply this type of block the second you're in the sun, so it's perfect for impromptu beach excursions, whale watches or just strolls on the boardwalk.
Skin cancer is color blind
Darker skin tones contain more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color and protects against the sun. But new research in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that those with darker skin need to be more vigilant about sun protection than they are. Consider this: The five-year survival rate for African-Americans with melanoma is 78 percent, significantly lower than that of Caucasians (92 percent), yet one study shows that 62 percent of African-Americans have never worn sunscreen. Says Dr. Baumann, "Anyone can get skin cancer, so skin tone is no reason to skip sunscreen."
How To Save Your Skin By Dr. Claudia
In a recent article featured on STABmag.com, Dr. Claudia Aguirre weighs in on 'how to save your skin' and what sunscreens tick all boxes. SHADE makes the cut for its superior sun beating formula and nice-to-your-skin qualities such as 80 minutes water resistance, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and mineral-oil free.
When it comes to sunscreen formulation there is no perfect product.What we do know is that using sunscreen is a proven and effective way to minimise solar damage in the form of cancer and premature skin ageing. SPF or Sun Protection Factor is a term solely used to determine how well a solar filter protects human skin from turning red, or burning. UV rays come in a variety of strengths: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC is mostly absorbed by the ozone layer. UVB penetrates down into our outer skin layer (epidermis) and causes the redness of a sunburn while UVA penetrates even deeper into our skin and causes cellular and DNA damage. A product that only has “SPF” only protects us from UVB. Only a product labeled “broad spectrum” will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Unfortunately for us, most of the sunscreens only cover UVB rays.
Suncreens cause cancer: Nope. There has never been a reported case of an approved sunscreen leading to skin (or any other type) of cancer on a person using it as it is intended.
Oxybenzone is dangerous: Approved by the FDA in 1978. No data showing any form of health problems in humans.
So is retinal palmitate: No study shows that it increases the risk of skin cancer in humans. Retinal palmitate is a form of vitamin A that is found naturally in the skin.
SPF 100 is the best: Nope. Anything over SPF30 and definitely over SPF50 is negligent.
Waterproof sunscreen: There’s actually no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. Sweat and water wash sunscreen from our skin. But there is water-resistant sunscreen.
What is water-resistant sunscreen? Sunscreen that stays effective for 40 minutes in the water. ‘Very water-resistant’ lasts for 80 (that’s more like it).
Dr Claudia’s Recommendations:
Shade SPF 30+ Opaque: Micronised Zinc Oxide 12%, Micronised Titanium Dioxide 8%. I’m a fan of micronised minerals – these give you the best option for sensitive skin (mineral-only sunscreens) while avoiding the opaqueness of a regular zinc stick. They also make for elegant formulas. Water resistant to 80 minutes. It’s fragrance-free, alcohol-free and mineral-oil free so this will be nice to your skin.
Frankie Harrer, Surfer
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"Hi! My name is Frankie Harrer (@frankieharrer) and I live in Malibu, California. I've been surfing since I was nine years old, as an after school thing with some guys I grew up with. I love it, because it's a sport where you get to be completely immersed in nature, and that's an amazing feeling. It's dangerous, but that's exciting, too. It's also just generally hard on your skin and hair, because you're constantly in the sun and salt water. I'm all about hydrating products after surfing. A lot of the awesome girls I surf with also don't wear a ton of makeup––they're totally stripped down, glowing, strong, and happy. I'm really inspired by that look.
Sunscreen is the most important part of my routine. I use Shade Sunscreen for my face when I'm surfing, because it stays on really well in the water, which is necessary when you're out there for hours at a time
MIKOH X HARPER’S BAZAAR | LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, SISTER DESIGN DUO OLEEMA AND KALANI MILLER OF MIKOH HAVE ALWAYS CALLED THE NORTH SHORE OF OAHU, HAWAII THEIR SECOND HOME–AND PURCHASING HOMES THERE SEALED THE DEAL. “YOU WAKE UP AND THE FIRST THING YOU SEE IS THE OCEAN,” KALANI GUSHED, “I LOVE THE TEMPERATURE AND THE COMMUNAL FEELING–THE FAMILY VIBES ARE EVERYTHING, ALONG WITH THE SLOWER PACE OF LIFE.” FAMILY VIBES INDEED; OLEEMA CREDITS THE AMAZING FOOD ON THE ISLAND AND THE NEVER-ENDING BEACHES AND CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS FOR HER OAHU OBSESSION. HERE, THE COUNTLESS SHOPPING, DINING AND SURFING SPOTS THAT KEEP THESE SISTERS IN LOVE WITH THEIR HOMETOWN.
THE NORTH SHORE IS LIGHT ON SHOPPING HOT-SPOTS, BUT THERE ARE CHIC BOUTIQUES (THAT ALSO STOCK MIKOH!) LIKE NO. 808, SPLASH, SAN LORENZO AND THE GUAVA SHOP–THEY’RE GREAT TO POP INTO AFTER YOU’VE HAD SOME SHAVE ICE AT MASTUMOTO. TAKE A DAY TRIP INTO TOWN FOR THE HIGH-END BOUTIQUES; ALA MOANA IS GREAT FOR A RANGE OF STORES. WHILE THERE’S EVERYTHING FROM CHANEL TO LOUIS VUITTON ON THE ISLAND, HAWAII ALSO HAS THE MOST INCREDIBLE VINTAGE STORES. WE’VE SCORED GREAT VINTAGE FINDS AT SALVATION ARMY AND CHINATOWN IS AN UP-AND-COMING HUB FOR SUPER COOL THRIFT AND CONTEMPORARY LOCAL FINDS. KALAKAUA AVENUE IN WAIKIKI HAS SOME OF THE BEST SHOPS–SHOPPING ON THE BEACH, WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?!
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Stephanie Gilmore Names Shade Her Sunscreen Of Choice
In The New York Time's recent article in Fashion & Style, six-time world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore reveals SHADE Sunscreen as one of her go-to sun and skin care products. We are very honoured to be included in her list of cosmetics that keep her looking and feeling great.
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