Good news! Though the universe lurches inexorably toward its heat death, we can actually stave off (some of) the individual damage in our short, meaningless lives. Here are 7 products I've found indispensable for protecting my skin; I even arranged them on textiles and shit for you.
  1. SPF Oil
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    Having applied sunscreen every day for 15 or so years, I was resigned to gross off-orange stains on all my collars/sleeves/whatever touched sunscreened extremities... until I found sunscreen oil (not to be confused with tanning oil, which is like a delicious condiment for the sun's greedy rays). The main advantages oil has over traditional white 'screen are a faster and easier application (spray on and smooth), no stained clothes and no added white pallor to my already off-putting one.
  2. Moisturizer with SPF
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    One baseline everyday precautionary measure for pale people is a moisturizer with SPF. If you have a morning routine, apply in addition to/in place of regular moisturizer (some of us even reapply midday). It's ALWAYS a chill idea to find the right product for your skin type so, if you're able, please consult a dermatologist (not some blankly smug teen at Sephora or Internet lists made by strangers). Mine pointed me to EltaMD, which makes great unisex products for a variety of skin types.
  3. Tinted SPF
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    For those who do wear makeup (sheer coverage on up), consider a tinted moisturizer. I use this but, to be clear, it's a generous use of "tint"--which is fine because it works equally well under other layers (like foundation). Be warned, though: layering a random foundation without SPF over something with SPF may result in "pilling," so you can also use a...
  4. Foundation with SPF
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    For makeup-wearers, find a foundation (or BB cream) that already includes SPF. Knowing your skin type is critical when choosing a foundation; for dry/sensitive skin like mine, MAC's Mineralize is great because it has its own layer of sun protection (a scant but helpful 15) and glides on seamlessly over heavier-duty stuff.
  5. Eye gel/cream/what have you with SPF
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    Eye creams--like beauty products in general--are mostly bullshit. But! The skin around them is delicate, thus demanding special precautions against the sun and its unquenchable appetite for destroying you. Just be careful because anti-sun ingredients feel like anti-eyeball ingredients if applied incorrectly.
  6. Tan towels
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    Just because you resent the sun's consumptive malice doesn't mean you like being see-through. An old friend/makeup artist recommended tan towels for right after winter, when her legs are a Pantone swatch of "eight months indoors." You can use them before bed and wake up credibly less pale (they won't stain your sheets), though they can also be applied a few hours in advance of whatever you need a tan for (surf photography?). They're not pricey, won't make you orange and don't smell bad.