Shady Disposition

It’s summer in the city and I’m proud to say that I’m pasty white for the first time ever. Sure I’d look better with a subtle J. Lo glow (dark under-eye circles and spider veins always disappear with a tan), but after years of basking on the beach with a reflector and baby oil (I kid you not), tanorexia has gradually taken its toll. Premature chest wrinkles, crow’s feet and displastic moles sliced off my back keep me in a constant state of panic. At the ripe old age of 35, my dermatologist’s number is already programmed on speed dial… not exactly normal. While you can’t turn back the clock, it’s never too late to shield yourself from the damaging effects of the sun. Do yourself a favor and consider stocking-up on these derm-approved skin saviors.

imageYou no longer need to smuggle contraband sunscreen in from Canada to get broad-spectrum protection. After only 18 years, Anthelios, a super-charged sun block, was recently approved by the FDA. Why all the fuss? It’s packed with Mexoryl SX – the first organic filter to offer high-level protection against short UVA rays… the number one cause of aging. Anthelios SX Sunscreen • • $29 • 1-800-560-1803

Never mind stormy weather. Parasols have suddenly become the accessory du jour during sunny skies. Perfect for protecting your face and décolleté from damaging rays, this chic SunBlok number even features built-in UV protection, keeping you up to 10 degrees cooler in the strongest sunlight. GustBuster SunBlok Parasol • • $32.49 • 1-888-487-8287

Keep suntans at bay with a stunning, wide-brimmed straw hat designed by Anne Depasquale. Hand-painted accents, silky ribbon bows and buckle embellishments add that extra bit of oomph. These haute toppers are made-to-measure in Anne’s Manhattan studio and take up to 6 weeks to make, so you’d be wise to place your order pronto. Anne Depasquale • • prices upon request • 646-263-5458

Throw on these stylish over-sized shades to protect your peepers from “blinde-ing” light and unwanted lines. Made by Blinde, the cutting-edge company that created the signature style for the lead cast of The Matrix, this sought-after shape is so cool, you’ll even want to wear ‘em at night. Blinde Perfectly Panicked Sunglasses • • $209 • 800-647-2345

Don’t even think about diving into a pool ‘til you’ve spritzed your strands with Kerastase Voile Protecteur, a magical mist with UV filters to prevent your hair from being singed in the sun. Spray it all over your head before heading-out-the-door to keep your locks shiny and silky all summer long.
Kerastaste – Voile Protecteur • • $34 • 877-254-9949

If you’re dying for that back-from-the-beach-vacation bronzage, play it safe by going faux. Fake ‘n bake on the fly with Benefit Cosmetics’ Jiffy Tan – a lightweight, tinted body lotion that glides on evenly, won’t streak and stays put for instant tanification. Benefit Cosmetics Jiffy Tan • • $24.00 • 800-781-2336

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