Will Ferrell Introduces Sunscreen For Men

Okay, maybe it’s not just for men, but you can’t help but feel studly when you look at the labels for these bottles of 30 SPF sunscreen. And yes, it’s real; apparently Ferrell is pulling a Paul Newman and selling Completely Random Products for charity. In this case, the proceeds go to a scholarship fund for cancer survivors.

Consumer Reports didn’t test the Ferrell-faced product line, but they use the announcement as an opportunity to remind everyone to protect yourself outdoors, so we will too:

While we can’t vouch for Will’s products-they weren’t part of our testing-we like the subtext: Don’t forget to use sunscreen-at least 30 SPF-to prevent skin cancer. In our recent survey, two-thirds of respondents said they used sunscreen at least occasionally, and women were more likely than men to use it frequently. Respondents were less likely to use it during non-beach, non-swimming activities such as running, and were more diligent about putting it on their kids than themselves.

Don’t forget to apply 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun to allow for absorption, and if you’re swimming or sweating heavily, reapply every 2 hours.

But what really matters, when it comes to skin cancer, is style—and imagine how much you’ll impress the beach hotties in Whale’s Vagina* as you slather on some Will Ferrell lotion.

The sunscreen comes in 6 oz bottles for $11.99 each, which is competitively priced with other products, and contain the following active ingredients: Homosalate @ 8%, Oxybenzone @5%, Octisalate @4%, Avobenzone @ 3%, Octocrylene @ 2.4%. (Oxybenzone and Avobenzone provide UVA protection.) Shipping is $7.00.

*Thanks to Kieran Kelly for reminding me of the original name for San Diego.

“Will Ferrell Sunscreen” [CancerForCollege.org]
“Will Ferrell sells sun safety” [Consumer Reports]
(Photo: Randy Son Of Robert)

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  1. dragonfire81 says:

    That’s um, slightly disturbing (the images on the bottles)

  2. Loren Fisher says:

    The product only offers the bare minimum 30 SPF? And the proceeds don’t even go towards cancer research but survivors of cancer? This is a joke right? This product will CAUSE more cancer simply by being on the market. Any SPF below 40 should be banned.

    • GinaLouise says:

      @Loren Fisher: Realistically, I think only infants, the elderly and the Irish require SPF higher than 30.

    • kdui says:

      @Loren Fisher: Do you even know what you’re talking about? SPF 30 blocks 96-97% of UVB rays. SPF 50 blocks ~98%. SPF 100 blocks ~99%. It’s really not that much more. And SPF is UVB only. Just from reading that the SPF rating for a product is 30, you can’t say that it’s inadequate.

      The more important factors in terms of skin cancer prevention are the presence of UVA blockers (you must check out the ingredients! Unfortunately, at this time, there is no rating system in use for UVA protection…) and the thickness of application. Most people simply don’t apply enough sunscreen, so they get much less protection than they think they’re getting.

    • Black-Cat says:

      @Loren Fisher: Anything over spf 50 is a marketing/sales scam. 30 is all you need.

    • K-Bo says:

      @Loren Fisher:Quoted from [blog.pharmacymix.com] “Many skin care specialists will recommend a minimum of SPF 15 which blocks about 93 percent of UVB rays. Others, myself included, recommend a minimum of SPF 30, thereby blocking around 97 percent of UVB rays. Going higher in SPF rating won’t block that much more. Studies suggest that a sunscreen with an SPF 60 rating blocks around 99% of the UVB rays.”

      Somehow I don’t think the difference between the SPF 30 here and your beloved SPF 40 is not really significant/noticeable in normal usage. Maybe if you were on the surface of the sun the 1-2% different in blockage would be significant.

    • JamieSueAustin says:

      @Loren Fisher: I don’t see why not have a charity for survivors. I mean, say you’ve spent years battling cancer and you finally won… I’m sure it’s depleted all your finances and taken away the funds/time you otherwise would have used towards higher education. You probably wouldn’t have time for school in between chemo treatments or the money to go. I’m sure you’d probably think college was out of your grasp after all that. I think it’s nice that someone is helping them out and giving them a good start on the rest of their life.

      There’s something that always annoys me about people. Critism of kindness. It seems like there’s always someone out to shit on any good works as not good enough.

      Support spay and neuter policies? FOR SHAME with so many pets already starving and homeless!

      Support feeding and caring for abandonned pets? FOR SHAME with so many starving children!!

      Support feeding and caring for starving/empoverish children abroad? FOR SHAME! There are so many starving children here!!!

      Support feeding and caring for starving/empoverished children here? FOR SHAME! There are children dying of cancer!!!!

      As far as I’m concerned all good works are nobel and there’s no benefit in rating their nobility.

      • CumaeanSibyl says:

        @JamieSueAustin: It’s the same as trying to rate the importance or magnitude of one person’s suffering compared to another’s, or the contests people get into over whose oppression is worse. As if it actually matters to the person who’s living it!

        If people spent all their time worrying about who deserves help the most, they’d never help anybody, because there might be someone worse off.

    • johnfrombrooklyn says:

      @Loren Fisher: Anything over SPF 30 is a pure marketing gimmick. SPF is measured logarithmically and not linearly. So SPF 60 is not twice as much protection as SPF 30. It’s about 5% more. And usually 5X the money.

    • Shadowman615 says:

      @Loren Fisher: Nice troll. There was an article here about that less than a month ago.
      [consumerist.com]

    • foodporncess says:

      @Loren Fisher: Not that you’re checking back here or anything because you’re obviously a pathetic little troll and I shouldn’t even be responding, but I can’t keep my big mouth shut.

      As a survivor, let me tell you something missy, everyone spends all of their time focusing on the during, and that’s great, we need that, but the after? That’s the time we really need help. No one tells you about that, and how hard it is. So I, for one, thank Mr. Ferrell for thinking and helping out the many of us who do survive thanks to so much money being put toward research, but cancer is a disease that has an after and we need research and funds for that too.

      So stick that in your pipe and smoke it trolly.

    • redkamel says:

      @Loren Fisher: I dont know about higher SPF actually being that much more useful…Whats more important IMO is:
      A) USING the screen, and putting enough of it on, which no one does. It needs to be on thick.
      b) getting a brand that wont come off in the water and will stay on all day. SPF 25 all day is way more useful than SPF 40 that washes off after 20 minutes.
      C) get a hat, a shirt, and a thick umbrella. Use as much as possible.

  3. OMG! Con Seannery! says:

    Wow. I don’t know if I want some or if I want to kill the guy now…

  4. Megalomania says:

    I think this is actually classier than selling borderline copyright infringing cookies.

  5. Ben Edwards says:

    @Loren Fisher: From what I know, anything over SPF 15+ is a fallacy and a marketing ploy rather than real benefits. Remember that SPF is just a system of general ‘how long you can be exposed to the sun before you get burned’, and is not some magic bullet for cancer immunity.

    And why shouldn’t skin cancer victims get support?

  6. LanLOLa says:

    I am so sick of Will Ferrell. It’s easy to seem funny when all you do is act like a 9 year old on a sugar rush.

    • vgeroh says:

      @LanLOLa: Amen, i thought i was alone in thinking that

    • Fixta Fernback says:

      @LanLOLa: Sort of agree, but I thought he was great on Man vs Wild last night. Good to see his serious side to know that he, in fact, ISN’T a 9 year old on a sugar rush.

    • Saboth says:

      @LanLOLa:

      I’ve never really found him that funny. He has his moments, but it’s a lot more misses than hits. I never liked the skits on SNL either, like the cheerleaders…IMO SNL from the 90s was much funnier, with Michael Myers, Chris Farrel, etc.

    • redkamel says:

      @LanLOLa: I know, he was funny right up until Anchorman, then his jig was up for me…hes got like 2- 3 characters he does for all his schticks. The thing is though, he really is funny…but I just got oversaturated.

  7. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    i think i burned my eyeballs on those graphics- off to find a unicorn chaser now.

  8. Trai_Dep says:

    So much more upbeat than Nick Cave’s Scholarship for Cancer Victims.

  9. Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

    Guess he needed money to make the rent…

    The Landlord from Will Ferrell

    • LegoMan322 says:

      @verucalise: that was probably the funniest thing he has ever done. And singing “dust in the wind” from Old school I think or some other movie.

  10. Cyco says:

    I like how obvious they made it that his head is photoshopped on to another guys body. It’s like they didn’t even try.

  11. jeffjohnvol says:

    I think its hillarious. Lighten up people.

  12. gafpromise says:

    Those photos look horribly fake and Photoshopped. Also, ewwwww.

  13. CFinWV says:

    @JamieSueAustin: Agreed. I get it all the time for daring to donate to lung cancer research because “those people” deserve their cancers, it’s not as fluffy and fashionable as the pink cancer or children’s cancer. *rolls eyes*

  14. Audiyoda says:

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little…

  15. edwardso says:

    I might actually buy a bottle. I have a really hard time getting my husband to wear sunscreen and he likes Will Ferrell. Maybe this will do the trick. I’m sick of him trying to convince me his sunburn is a “red tan”

    • RStui says:

      @edwardso: I’m seriously tempted to get some for my dad. He’s out in the sun constantly, but always forgets. The back of his neck looks like the tanned hide of a dead animal.

      I think these are hilarious, personally, and if the money goes to a good cause (people who have had cancer and survived no doubt have some money issues in this country!) I’m all for it.

      Personally, though, I use a minimum of SPF50…but I’m pale like a ghost and would rather keep my skin white and healthy than tan and leathery and/or cancery.

      • edwardso says:

        @RStui: Good idea! We were wondering what to get our dads for fathers day and since they both like Will Ferrell i think it would be perfect. My dad has been a landscaper for 30+ years and always needs sunscreen

  16. aftercancer says:

    Just to give you all just a little perspective, this isn’t just some random cancer charity. Cancer for College awards scholarships to current & former cancer patients who are attending either a two year or four college and/or graduate school. Will Ferrell has been involved with them for years as its founder, Craig Pollard, a fraternity brother at USC is a two time Hodgkin’s survivor.

    It’s great to do cancer research but sometimes the patients themselves could use a hand.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @aftercancer: Thank you! People forget those who have actually beaten the disease and are still struggling.

    • Julia789 says:

      @aftercancer: I think it’s a lighthearted idea to bring funds to a worthy cause and a little laughter to everyone involved in the charity – both the organizers and the cancer survivors. If you can raise charitible funds with a bit of fun, all the better. Keeping positive is important.

      And to those who hate Will, yes, Will can sometimes be annoying and “overdone” but he’s still a funny and goodhearted guy. I know my kid is excited to see his new movie (with the dinosaurs) and it will be a fun and silly family afternoon. Nothing wrong with that.

  17. johnfrombrooklyn says:

    How dare he use his celebrity to do something charitable!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow, it’s amazing how many people lose their sense of humor the older they get. Are you seriously critiquing their Photoshop skills? Really?? You don’t think that was done on purpose? I also think that it’s pretty sad that people are dogging a guy who is doing something for charity. Even if it’s not for cancer research, its still for charity!

  19. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    I have to say that I think this is hilarious, and because it’s for a good cause, I’ll probably buy this. I know some people who would find it hilarious, even if they don’t particularly find Will Ferrell funny.

  20. xeresy says:

    Or people can just donate money directly without having to buy the product…

    just an idea

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @xeresy: Though you now know of this particular charity, so the product did its job – it drew your attention to the charity. Whether you buy the product or not is irrelevant – you are aware of the charity’s existence now.

    • nakedscience says:

      @xeresy: Do you know how raising money for charity works?

      Besides, it’s summer. Plenty of people need sunscreen now. And several people said they plan on buying some for their fathers, since their fathers are a fan of WilL Ferrell, so they are helping this great cause while also making their dads happy. And you’re begrudging them for it?

      There’s always at least one…

  21. Anonymous says:

    make sure to check his ingredients list for possible carcinogens!

    http://consumerist.com/5021901/is-your-sunblock-effective

  22. nakedscience says:

    i want one just for the lulz (and the good cause). bookmarked.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Come on people! The whole thing is tongue-in-cheek. All of the proceeds go to a charity that helps cancer patients, who are college students, continue their education while receiving treatment. As you can imagine going to a College or University while battling cancer is difficult if you can’t work to support yourself or pay tuition. This is a charity which Will Ferrell helped found and has been actively involved in for years. The money raised with these products goes to help real people. Is it finding a cure? No, but with each student who does not need to put his or her life on hold (stopping their education) while battling cancer it brings something positive into what you can imagine is a tough stretch of life.

  24. Kaellorian says:

    Aw man, kinda wished he used titanium dioxide instead of those chemical sunscreens. Curse you, Will Ferrel.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Are people really that pathetic that they are criticizing him for doing charitable work? It is so obvious that they were being humorous wit their poor photoshopping job. It is meant to be noticed.

  26. fatcop says:

    I only wear Sex Panther for sunblock.

  27. HogwartsAlum says:

    I think it’s funny. I would buy it.

  28. JGKojak says:

    A good friend of mine lost his wife (in her early 40s) to breast cancer- leaving behind an 8 year old daughter, who DOES need things like counseling. So… money to help survivors and their families sounds like a great idea to me.

  29. lasbrisas says:

    I used to think Will Ferrell is funny but he keeps on doing the same old act over and over and his comedy is not evolving. Stepbrothers was a horrible movie although I’m sure they had a great time making it. Branching into consumer products and using his own silly images to market them is good for a chuckle but I certainly wouldn’t consider any of those products a serious contender for my hard earned money. The charity aspect is a plus although I suspect that it’s not as altruistic as it appears since they don’t say (at least I haven’t seen) how much of the proceeds are going to charity.

  30. gte910h says:

    Some UV sun exposure is required for proper formulation of Vitamin D, and is required to stop colon cancer.

    SPF 30 is great for infrequent visitors to the beach or other areas of intense sun, and arguable for others.

  31. ElizabethD says:

    What has been seen cannot be unseen.

    8-O

    • Anonymous says:

      @ElizabethD: Seriously!? Who’s winning 8-0?! This is not a game!!!! This is sun screen to keep people from dying and you think this is a game? Will Farrell is protecting people from God. Can’t you see that God is part to blame? He made the rays that kill us. Can’t you see that? Think about it. God Kills and Will is trying to tell us that. Wow. You are dumb.

      8-0 doesn’t mean anything. dumb. You’re super dumb ya maggot!

  32. trujunglist says:

    If Whale’s Vagina is San Diego, does that make Escondido Whale’s Anus?

  33. Chad Wade Day says:

    Im going to buy this product to rub all over my face,neck,back,and breast area yesssssssssssss

  34. Robin Holly Jones says:

    U know it’s sad that people are actually bad mouthing Will for doing something for charity! I think this is funny (and I don’t even really care for his movies). Just because it’s for cancer survivors and not cancer research doesn’t mean it’s not for a good cause!!! Lighten up people!

  35. halloweenjack, King of the Wild Frontier says:

    I don’t care about the hose–it will not put the lotion on its skin.

  36. DaleM says:

    So get this, my wife ordered some of this stuff for me on the 4th of June as a gift for my birthday two weeks later, IT STILL HAS NOT SHOWN UP!

    She has called them twice in this regard and twice has been told it would ship the next day – still do not have it.

    Cancer charity or not, I would never consider giving them money for any product again.