Friday, July 17, 2009

Anti-Burn Brigade

I know, your mother has lectured you about the evils of the sun for years. Wrinkles, spots, cancer, it all adds up and ends up all over your face and body. But sometimes, a tropical vacation, lounging lizard-like on the hot sand, is just what the doctor (the shrink, NOT the dermatologist) ordered.

So this is a gift for the secret sun worshiper, either you or for a bronzed and temporarily beautiful friend. One thing I have learned over the years is that, with skin care, local products are often best. On a recent trip to Hawaii, I discovered Maui Babe After Browning lotion. Yeah, fine, you CAN use any type of greasy product to calm your baking epidermis, but this lotion is a lovely product. It's packed with aloe vera, macadamia nut oil, and a bunch of vitamins. It goes on thick but soaks in fast. And it has a faint aroma that isn't that dreadful fakey coconut stench. This product claims to extend the life of the tan you shouldn't have gotten in the first place. I don't know if that's true, but it does soothe the burn and banish the dryness.

Unless you're fortunate enough to live in Hawaii (and if you are, why the hell are you online rather than out enjoying yourself?), Maui Babe is going to be hard find anywhere but online. Go to and order the After Browning lotion, NOT the tanning lotion. Or if you do go for that tanning accelerator, at least don't tell your mother where you got the info.

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