PARDON ME, BUT YOU, ER, HAVE . . .
Here's a site that helps you tactfully inform your acquaintances and loved ones of their poor hygiene or social ingraces. Enter the name and address of the perpetrator, and choose from the list of offenses (e.g., bad breath, nose picker, too much cologne). The company will send him or her an anonymous, carefully worded note explaining the offense along with a tool for correcting it. Some of the fixes are practical, others tongue-in-cheek: Habitual interrupters are sent a single sock.
-- DEB SNOONIAN
HAIR TODAY, HAIR TOMORROW
For those of us with relentlessly curly hair, "Cher hair" is not simply a style. Now, at last, there's a Web site written by "three working women who shared, in addition to friendship, curly hair." The lighthearted but practical site contains an outlet to bond over stylist-inflicted horrors and reports on products that looked promising in the store but ended up in a graveyard on the bathroom shelf.
The most useful feature is "Tools for Taming Your Mane" -- summarized by a one-curl to four-curl rating system. Log on and not even Washington's humid summer can keep you from letting your hair down. Or up. Or out, as the case may be.
-- ELISABETH LAYTON
BEWARE THE NOONDAY SUN
Sure, sunscreen is a good idea for most people. If you need proof before that jaunt to the beach, scan the picture gallery of sunburns at http://www.derma.med.uni-erlangen.de/bilddb/diagnose/englisch/i692702.htm. Also, it won't hurt to review sunburn symptoms at http://www.mercer.edu/shc/sunburn.html.
But for some folks, sunscreen is bad news. Look closely at the clinical photos at http://www.dermnet.org.nz/dna.acd/acd.html. Those blistered arms were caused by photocontact allergy to fragrances or ingredients in sunscreen. Certain foods -- celery, citrus fruit -- drugs, perfumes, lotions, soaps, and other products, including sunscreen, trigger allergic reaction on skin exposed to sun. Read about Phytophotodermatitis and Phototoxic reaction at http://www.emedicine.com/EMERG/topic446.htm. For a list of drugs that may cause phototoxic reaction go to http://www.thai-skin-clinic.com/phototox.htm.
-- L. PEAT O'NEIL
GETTING THERE: Hygiene-social fixes, http://mayisuggest.com; The curly hair site, http://www.naturallycurly.com