Helpful Hack:
How to Save Your Skin
(and Possibly Your Life)

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This is absolutely the color you want skin to be… if you’re cooking a Thanksgiving turkey.

Do me a favor: Google “John Boehner” and take a look at what Google autofills for you as you’re typing.

For me it was “John Boehner orange” and “John Boehner tan.” If you then search images, you’ll understand why Google goes there so quickly.

Look at this man. No matter your political bent, one thing we can all agree on is that this guy’s face looks like it was made from a piece of beef jerky that was meticulously stretched across a human head.

Fellas, don’t be like Boehner. There’s nothing attractive or confidence-building about looking like an oompa loompa (even with a pretty solid haircut).

Wear sunscreen everyday to not only protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but also potential ridicule.

Look Better, Live Longer

Your skin’s secret weapon

And as if that weren’t reason enough to lather on some sunscreen, it also happens to be the single best way to prevent one of the most common forms of cancer.

“What better reason to use sunscreen than skin that is eternally youthful-looking? Oh wait, maybe there is one better reason—reduce the risk of deadly cancers such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma,” writes Meg Selig in Psychology Today.

“Because of the focus on breast cancer and prostate cancer, you might not realize that skin cancer is actually the most common form of cancer in the United States.”

So stock up on sunscreen guys. You may not notice the effects tomorrow, but by the time you’re 40 or 50, you’ll be damn glad your face doesn’t look like a baseball mitt.

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About Dave Bowden

Dave Bowden

Irreverent Gent founder Dave Bowden is a style blogger whose advice on how to look good and live well has been featured in some of the world’s most trusted publications, including New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider and more.

When not obsessing over style and self-improvement, he can usually be found spending time with his wonderful wife and son, indulging in a hoppy craft beer, or sobbing over the woeful state of Toronto's sports teams.

Check out Dave's Style Story to find out how a chance encounter with his friend's step-dad taught him the value of looking good and living well. (Don't worry—it's less creepy than it sounds!)

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