I love that sketch because it is so true and it was a recent toaster incident that got my brain thinking in this very peculiar way don’t you know!

I have been thinking about the sun, sun screens and the skin for a while now and that’s for a few reasons:

A) Australia has just announced that they are finally going ahead and allowing the marketing of SPF 50 sunscreens (up from a max of SPF 50).

B)  I have several sunscreens in development and so am somewhat forced to think about how to make them the best that I can.

C) I recently spent some time learning about sunscreen testing at a local testing facility.


D) I have skin, I live in a hot place, I am naturally interested.

Anyway, that aside I recently (last night) came to start thinking about our skin, burning, toast, white goods etc, etc…….

My thought is like this:

We all know that when we have too much sun our skin changes.  For some of us it goes a lovely golden brown, for others a deep chocolate tone while some turn red with anger.  I liken this to the settings on a toaster:  still bread,  various shades of lovely toast,  completely stuffed (any link to the colour of toast and our skin is incidental BTW, it’s the cooked-ness that I’m interested in).

Anyway, just like a toaster it is nearly impossible to know how much heat/ light etc constitutes the perfect dose as toasters (and skin it would seem) lie.

That may not seem that interesting but think of it another way: We do not know how much of our ‘burning’ dose is good for us.  We know that some is because we know that vitamin D is produced through the skin in the presence of sunlight and so some sun is better than none but where ‘good’ stops and ‘bad’ starts is anyones guess.  OR IS IT?  I don’t know……

I suspect that somewhere, locked away in a secret laboratory is a master toast maker who has the optimal machine/ bread/ time combo locked in a safe ready to sell to the highest bidder.  I suspect that somewhere the same exists for our sun/skin dilemma but at this moment, I am in the dark on both counts and so run the risk of  burning and under-cooking my toast and skin at regular intervals.

Of course we have a guide, the toaster has a numerical dial and the sunscreen has an SPF but neither possess a pro-active ability to correct for our human mistakes.  Maybe that is the key, the future………

I have no idea if you find this analogy of use but for me it has really made things clear:

  •  There is still much to learn about sunscreens (and toasters).
  • A sunscreen (like a toaster) is an applied product that has an interesting and co-dependent relationship with its partner in crime (skin/ bread).
  •  Like all  partnerships the above relationship (s)  are prone to mis-communication and mis-understanding (mainly because we like clear, solid instructions rather than those that require a degree of thought)
  • Eddy Izzard is funny.
  • Lego is cool.

Have fun and let’s keep our eyes peeled for that perfect recipe.