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STYLE : Spring Beauty : The Latest on Looks : Gimme Shelter

April 04, 1993|BARBARA FOLEY

The ozone layer being what it isn't, sun exposure dictates certain necessities. Like sunscreen. When sun hits skin, it produces melanin, a natural shield against ultraviolet radiation. Problems arise when there is less melanin than sun, UV and pollutant penetration: Sunburn. Skin damage. The

face of an iguana.

But no longer are suntan lotions your sole protection. Sun protection factor, or SPF, is now built into everything from foundations to lipsticks to hair lotion. New: Estee Lauder Just A Kiss Lipshine, SPF 4. Shiseido's entire line of sun products, SFPs 4, 8, 19 and 35, and Lancome Soleil Controle Corps lotion with pure melanin, SPF 12.

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