- Photos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg surfing in Hawaii were the subject of a viral meme over the weekend.
- In the photos, Zuckerberg’s face is coated with zinc oxide – a white substance that memes makers compare to mime face paint and the famous Batman antagonist, The Joker.
- While zinc oxide and other physical sunscreens may look fun because they sit on the skin, they are more effective at physically blocking harmful rays, rather than absorbing them like chemical sunscreens do.
- Physical sunscreens are particularly recommended for people with fair complexions.
- Zuckerberg owns several properties in Hawaii, worth well over $ 100 million.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is once again at the center of a ubiquitous meme, but this time he’s not tied to a Congressional grill.
Instead, the image is from a recent surf excursion where the 36-year-old billionaire takes a very in-depth approach to sun protection.
—New York Post (@nypost) July 19, 2020
In the image, Zuckerberg is seen in Hawaii on an electric surfboard (so the controller in his hand). The board is said to be a $ 12,000 model of Efoil, according to the New York Post.
Rather than clinging to the electric surfboard, people laughed at Zuckerberg for looking like a mime.
—Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) July 19, 2020
But it’s not makeup!
Zuckerberg was probably wearing a zinc oxide sunscreen, which acts like a physical sunscreen against the sun’s rays hitting your skin – not the worst idea given his fair complexion. In addition to being more effective at blocking harmful rays, physical sunscreens have regained favor, as the active ingredients in chemical-based sunscreens have come under scrutiny from the US Food and Drug Administration.
The comparisons rolled, from the standard mime reference to semi-obscure anime references:
—Dr. Ogenki 💊 (@ ogenki88) July 19, 2020
AyKayla Hom (@mohalyak) July 20, 2020
—AM (@usuallyboring) 20 juillet 2020
—Bethany Black (@BeffernieBlack) 20 juillet 2020
—Lewis Kellett (@LewisJKellett) 20 juillet 2020
—Dr. Wolfula 🌕 (@DoctorWolfula) July 19, 2020
—Brent Peabody (@brent_peabody) 19 juillet 2020
Although Zuckerberg is primarily based in California, as the company he runs, he owns huge tracts of land in Hawaii. Among them is a 750-acre property on the North Shore, for which he paid some $ 100 million in 2014.
Editor’s Note: A chemical-based sunscreen is effective, but its active ingredients (namely avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octinoxate) are identified and re-examined by the FDA as a potential endocrine disruptor (and carcinogen). These chemicals have also been linked to high mortality in corals, as well as a growing list of other aquatic creatures.