Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saving my Rubber
Whether you're on a trip or at home, it’s important to wear sun screen, especially in the summer. I always lather some on my rubber skin every morning and touch it up during the day.
Sun screen is a fairly new product. The first sunscreen that worked was created in 1938 and called Glacier Cream. It only had a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 2. The one Mom buys has an SPF of 70.
In 1944 another product came out called Red Vet Pet. It was a yukky, red, sticky goo, kind of like petroleum jelly, (you know the stuff that moms rub on baby’s bums to protect them from rashes).
This stuff became popular during WWII because soldiers in the Pacific needed something to protect them from sunburns. The product really took off when the patent was sold to Coppertone in the 1950s.
Todays sunscreens are much improved. They even stay on when you go in the water or sweat…and its not yukky and red anymore.
So whether you're on a tropical island or just hanging around the back yard, take a minute, rub it on and protect your skin from the sun.