Not all sunscreen is created equal. Alba Botanica Baby Mineral Sunscreen ($6.86, 4 oz.) is SPF 50+, recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for active use and formulated for sensitive skin (babies aren’t the only ones who need extra care!), and its all-vegetarian ingredients aren’t tested on animals. The sunscreen is certified reef safe, so vacationers can snorkel among the coral without doing harm to the ecosystem.
Sisters Peg Feodoroff, Patty Goodhue-O’Brien and Claire Goodhue founded Spirited Sisters in 2005 to sell the stylish, dignified, practical clothing they wish had been available when Peg and Claire were receiving cancer treatment. The Healing Threads BMT Treatment Shirt ($39.99, sizes M to 6XL), which was codesigned and tested by people in treatment, is non–gender-specific and has multiple openings to allow you to receive a bone marrow transplant or chemotherapy treatment without feeling uncomfortable or overly exposed.
Beach reading: The iconic Olivia Newton-John has been an advocate for the cancer community since her first breast cancer diagnosis in 1992. Now, after 50 years of working as an actress and musician, founding the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research and Wellness Centre in 2008 and a second recurrence of the disease in 2018, she has finally written about her incredible life. In Don’t Stop Believin’ (Gallery Books, $28), she takes us from her Australian upbringing through the thrills of international stardom, detailing the many times cancer has touched her life and how her experiences made her into the fierce advocate she is today.
Take a break from the sun beneath the Copa Sun Blocking Beach Umbrella ($19.99). Its 6-foot canopy is Skin Cancer Foundation–recommended for its 50 ultraviolet protection factor (UPF; like SPF but for fabrics). The canopy tilts to maximize shade throughout the day.
Protect your head from the sun’s harmful rays with a good hat, like the Coolibar Unisex Sport Cap ($39.50, sizes S/M to XXL). The fabric is rated 50 UPF, and the 3½-inch bill keeps the sun off your face while the internal band wicks away sweat.
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