How To Pick The Right Brand Of Sunscreen

Image courtesy of Jeff Wilcox.

Image courtesy of Jeff Wilcox.

June means the official start of summer, whether you’re counting by the end of the school year or the official calendar date. Americans will trade in jackets for towels, and days cooped up for those spent lounging by the pool. But regardless of whether you’re wearing short shorts, a wide-brimmed sunhat, or stylish maxi dress, there’s one thing you should not leave the house without – sunscreen.

Chances are, if you’re like most Americans, you do just that. A recent study found that only 14% of men and 30% of women regularly wear sunscreen, putting themselves at risk for skin cancer.

The rate of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has risen 250%  for children, adolescents, and young adults since 1973, according to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. And it doesn’t matter if you burn or not,  by not using sunscreen, you’re putting yourself at risk for cancer.

“Anyone can get skin cancer, so everyone should take steps to protect themselves from the sun,” stated Dr. Mark Lebwohl, president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

So what is the ideal brand of sunscreen?

According to the AAD, it’s one that is broad-spectrum, water-resistant, and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Be sure the sunscreen says those words on the label, or else you may just be getting protection against sunburns and not against skin cancer and early aging.

Although the AAD’s website doesn’t list specific sunscreens, here are a few that meet that criteria: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, Banana Boat Ultramist, Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Ultra Guard, Sun Bum Lip Balm.

You can learn more about picking the right sunscreen, preventing skin cancer, and sunscreen application tips on the AAD’s website.

Infographic courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Infographic courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology.


Zazzy Lets You Design Your Own 3D-Printable Jewelry

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Zazzy is a website that allows you to create your own 3D-printable jewelry. As the site’s motto says, “You do the chic, we do the geek.”

The process is simple: pick your jewelry, design it, and then Zazzy prints it for you. There are several types of jewelry that you can pick from to design, including necklaces, bracelets, and rings. For most pieces can customize the text, font, color, and some symbols; for others, you can design the shape as well.

The website is intuitive to use, but taking the design you’re imagining in your head and translating it to the jewelry can be a tad challenging. (For reference, check out my attempt to make a peace sign above.) I admit it’s easier to create text-based jewelry, which you can already do on other websites.

For those who are more talented in the design arena, Zazzy has also launched a marketplace. Artists can  upload sketches, choose their material, set profit goals, and then open online stores.

The marketplace is also great for those who want some 3D-printed jewelry, but don’t have the patience to hand-craft the design themselves (like me). Plus, there are already some creative statement pieces for sale. I recommend checking out Atomic Lotus in Silver by Scott Lewis, which is depicted above.

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