practice safe sun

July 1st, 2011

Oh, that’s just me and my friend Giada. 

We’re besties, didn’t you know? 

Right after this picture was taken, we spent the afternoon whipping up some homemade pasta and she confessed that she’s been reading Sugarlaws every day since I founded it in 2007.

(Oh wait, that last part was only in my dreams…)

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I attended Cosmopolitan’s Practice Safe Sun Awards!  This year, they had another incredible group of honorees, including Giada and the beautiful Laura Linney (below), each speaking out about how dangerous and deadly Melanoma can be if you’re not careful about protecting your skin from the sun.

In fact, I felt a little terrible asking Giada for a picture ten minutes after she told us all about losing her 30 year old brother to Melanoma (so terrifying).  But I’m so happy that Cosmopolitan has taken up this important case, and has committed to getting the message to women in their teens, twenties and thirties that skin cancer is both deadly and preventable. 

I know at this time of the year especially, everybody wants to look tan and get that bronze-y glow — but there is no need to actually expose your skin to the sun to get it!  I have a post coming up about fabulous self tanner options, and you can do a better job getting a beach goddess look with makeup than you could with a real tan! 

So the next time you’re even considering going to a tanning bed, take that $15 and pick up a good bronzer instead.

And on that note, happy Fourth of July!  Hope you guys all spend the weekend sleeping in, eating corn on the cob and ice cream, and siting by the pool — just make sure you’re lathered up with sunscreen beforehand!

Many thanks to Jill of for taking these photos!

Tags: beauty · celebs · food

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pili // Jul 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

    It’s great that more and more people are getting the message across! And sunscreen is an absolute must!

  • 2 Rachel // Jul 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

    a) you look beautiful!
    b) so jealous!
    c) good message!

  • 3 Closet Fashionista // Jul 1, 2011 at 8:22 am

    YAY Giada!! I love her, haha πŸ™‚
    And mmm….this year I’ve stopped going outside to tan in the sun, I’m trying to be more careful with my skin…

  • 4 Michelle // Jul 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

    What an awesome opportunity! Giada is so freakin cute!

  • 5 Sarah H // Jul 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I’m so jealous that you got to meet them! I LOVE Laura Linney!

    But this sounds like such a great and IMPORTANT event. UV exposure is something I’ve been blogging about a lot lately because it’s been only recently that I’ve realized how vital it is to protect your skin.

    Did you know that you can still get sun damage through windows in cars and planes? Isn’t that crazy? There are more cases of melanoma on the left sides of people’s faces (driver’s side windows) because that’s where they sit the most often during their lives. Scary!

    Anyway, great post! πŸ™‚


  • 6 leyla // Jul 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    my mom and me are big fans of giada’s cooking!  it’s truly delicious πŸ™‚

    i became aware of giada’s story in an issue of shape magazine. it’s a tragic thing to have happened to such a young person.
    thanks for spreading the message!

    greetings from florida! [where a lot of sunscreen is definitely needed]

  • 7 Shasie // Jul 4, 2011 at 2:12 am

    This is great. Here in Houston the sun is ablaze with rarely any cloud cover. I go out in hats and sunblock when I go to the pool, but others do not. I think it’s very important to protect one’s skin

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  • 8 Glamamom // Jul 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Amazing event!  You’re radiant in these photos

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