2001: Oil-free sunscreen with a theme

Golfers from the North heading to the sunshine for a few precious winter rounds should remember that their skin hasn’t been exposed to the rays for a few chilly months.

Sunscreen always is an important accessory in your golf bag, but it becomes even more vital when playing in the sun for the first time in a while. Two new sun-protection products themed specifically for golfers offer the necessary protection without slippery side-effects.

The first, “Jack Nicklaus vs. The Sun,” is an effective product with name recognition, even though literal application of the product’s name might raise a few eyebrows. Yes, the Golden Bear is a powerful presence on the golf course, but if he’s going one-on-one with the sun, we’re betting on the sun.

The application of the product, however, will serve its protective purpose without leaving oily residue – a huge selling point for golfers. Made by Randall International, a leading manufacturer of luxury skin care products, Nicklaus vs. the Sun offers protection in SPF levels of 8, 15 and 30-plus.

“It’s been said that I have walked over 10,000 miles in tournament play, and living in Florida, there is not a day that goes by where I don’t apply sun protection,” Nicklaus said. “But, there have been performance issues (concerning) oily residue. We have developed a product to eliminate that problem.”

Nicklaus vs. The Sun is available in golf shops and resorts. For product information, call 800-772-8755, Ext. 253, or visit www.nicklaus.com.

SportSticks, an Albany, N.Y. company, offers another new way to protect skin from the sun without affecting your golf grip. The Golfbag sunscreen, with 30 SPF, UVA and UVB protection, features a hands-free applicator in the shape of a golf bag. It makes for a practical product, and also a golf-specific theme.

“Skin cancer is preventable if you take the necessary precautions,” said Jay Vandervort, who, along with Dana Welch, founded SportSticks.

The Golfbag also offers a product that is combination insect repellent/sunscreen with the same hands-free applicator.

For more information on The Golfbag products, call 518-218-1407 or visit www.sportsticks.com.

– Jeff Barr

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