Sunday, June 20, 2010

Good Day Sunshine: Best Sunblocks For City Dwellers

I have to admit that I hate applying sunblock with a passion. It feels tacky, it leaves an awful white cast (thanks to Titanium Dioxide), and it adds an extra 5 minutes to my getting ready routine. But it's one of those things that you really can't avoid, particularly when it's 90 degrees in New York, and you know that you'll probably get burnt just waiting for the crosstown bus. However, I've discovered two sunscreens this summer that really make the whole applying-sunblock routine not so bad, even pleasant. The first one on my list is Burt's Bees SPF 30. It's not greasy yet still moisturizing, chemical free, has a nice subtle scent, and it isn't chalky (it's actually a little yellowish out of the tube but blends in invisibly and somehow even managed to even out a streaky looking self tan on my legs). My second favorite is Tocca SPF 30+ towelettes that are actually scented with the blood orange fragrance Stella (so glamorous). I carry these in my purse and apply them when I feel that a reapplication of sunscreen is necessary. They are so easy to use (I was actually able to put on sunscreen in Starbucks yesterday without feeling like a complete weirdo). Share your favorite sunblocks in the comments section, and don't forget to reapply!

P.S. Check out this fabulous T Magazine blog post for further sunblock ideas: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/samurai-shopper-here-comes-the-sunblock/

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