Science doubts sunscreens, fit magazines sadden readers and a “sweet gene” takes the blame.
No Place in the Sun
News alert: Your sunscreen may be lying to you. A recent investigation of almost 1,000 name-brand sunscreens found that four out of five offer inadequate protection from el sol or have ingredients that you can’t pronounce and may pose a safety risk. The biggest offenders? Your biggest brand names: Coppertone, Banana Boat and Neutrogena. What is up, big company guys?! I am a pale, pale girl. This is NOT cool.
The best sunscreens tested were mostly organic or natural products, although some of the big brand names did make appearances in the low- to moderate-risk categories. New to me, California Baby was one of the best ranked sunscreens.My beloved Aveeno scored a three, a moderate hazard. I just may never go out in the sun again…
SPF 40, my arse.
Fit Mag=Sad Reader?
To continue the not-so-great news, here’s another uplifting story. (It’s Tuesday, nobody likes Tuesday anyways, right? It’s like an extension of Monday. The weekend is so far away.) Muscle magazines that feature women with seemingly perfect bodies may have the opposite effect on your workout than what you’re hoping for. According to research, women working out while reading Oxygen magazine were more anxious and depressed than those reading Oprah, National Geographic or Horse & Rider (interesting pick there, researchers. I would have preferred Cat Fancy personally.) With models like this to live up to, it’s no wonder wenormal folks get discouraged.
If you’re a muscle mag addict at the gym, next time try picking up something new. Or don’t read at all and jam to this playlist.
Oxygen ain’t gonna like this one.
If the Genes Fit
Good news, finally! Now you can blame your genes for not fitting in your jeans. (Ha, I’m so original.) But seriously, researchers have located a variant of a gene in some people (ahem, me) that makes them dessert obsessed. Cake, soda, fruit, this variant wants it all.
The Fit Bottomed Girls always/usually practice balance and moderation in their meals, but this explains so much. I always suspected that my sweet tooth was my grandmother’s doing…
Don’t sweat the sweet stuff.
Photos grabbed from www.californiababy.com and http://www.threadless.com/product/1319/Cake_Is_Awesome.