Cosmopolitan’s Practice Safe Sun Awards (plus 5 sunscreens to try this summer)

Cosmo's team with the honorees showing off their Cosmo/MRF bracelets

Cosmopolitan hosted their annual Practice Safe Sun Awards last week with honorees Laura Linney, Giada de Laurentiis, Sean Avery, Dr. Jennifer Stein, Cara Biggane. The five award-recipients demonstrated an active role in spreading skin cancer awareness. They also awarded their very first Cosmopolitan/Melanoma Research Foundation’s Practice Safe Sun Research Grant to Cynthia Cooper, PhD, of Washington State University. Over a lunch of grilled-watermelon salad and salmon, we heard everyone speak about why the cause was so close to their hearts.

Me with fellow blogger, Jill Seiman of

Cosmo EIC, Kate White

Cosmo Publishing Director, Donna Kalajian Lagani

Giada de Laurentiis talks about losing her brother Dino to skin cancer at the age of 29

NY Rangers Sean Avery. His short and sweet speech: Asking for someone to help apply sunscreen is a good way to pick up girls

I imagine most of you will be outdoors grilling or poolside for the long weekend, so the Awards ceremony (hosted at the Hearst Tower) was a good reminder to layer up on sunscreen. Especially considering the facts:

* 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
* Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in America
* Melanoma is the #2 killer of women in their 20s and the #1 cancer.
* Tanning beds increase your risk of skin cancer by 75%.
* If caught in the earliest stages, melanoma is entirely treatable with a survival rate of nearly 100%. If untreated and allowed to spread, there is no known treatment or cure.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite sunscreens to grab if you haven’t gotten yours already!

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock/Sunscreen Spray (you can apply it on damp skin so it's great for you swimmers...or sweat-ers)

MD SolarSciences Quick Dry body spray -- love its easy application

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock with SPF 70 -- light and non-greasy

MD SolarSciences SPF 30 Mineral Screen Tinted Gel -- this goes with me everywhere

Sunbow Dora and Spongebob sunscreens for kids -- love these!

While we’re talking sun protection, I’m obsessing over these new sunscreens for kids from Sunbow, who partnered up with Nickelodeon to feature Diego, Dora the Explorer, and SpongeBob SquarePants! A couple weeks ago, I was invited to have breakfast at Imperial No. 9 at The Mondrian Hotel to learn more about Sunbow, and I was absolutely smitten.

Sunbow products at Imperial No. 9

Diego blue sunscreen from Sunbow

They go on in color (yellow, pink, or blue) but rubs in clear, which is fun way for kids to get them into a habit of applying sunscreen early on.

Sunbow's sunscreens go on in color, but dries clear

Sunbow products are made with SPF 30, contains antioxidant protection, is water-resistant, hypoallergenic, and contains sun-protecting zinc oxide which is safe for kids. Plus, it has a fun bubble gum scent…I can only imagine how much kids would love them if I’m this fascinated by it!

Also, if you donate $10 to Melanoma Research Foundation, you’ll get this bracelet, courtesy of Cosmo and MRF:

Cosmo and MRF Practice Safe Sun bracelet

Keep reminding others to “practice safe sun” this summer!


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Recent Comments


  1. Deanna wrote:

    The statistic : Tanning beds increase your risk of skin cancer by 75%.
    This is serious! We need to educate people on the risks of tanning beds.

    Posted 7.3.11
  2. Glamamom wrote:

    Amazing event! Happy to have spent time with you! Looking forward to the next time.

    Posted 7.12.11
  3. shyema wrote:

    Likewise Jill!! Excited to see you again 🙂

    Posted 7.12.11

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