You Don’t Need a Tan

It happens to all of us.  Summer hits, we start wearing more skirts, and you look down at those legs that have been in hiding all winter.  They’re pale, and if you’re like me, paler than average.  Then you start to think, “I need a tan…”

Well, you don’t.  Really.  You absolutely don’t.

A few days ago, I got the news that a sorority sister of mine had lost her father after a two year battle with Melanoma.  She’s my age.  She and I have never been close but have have always gotten along, and my heart is breaking for her.  I’ve always known her to be a kind, amazing person, and I can’t imagine the pain she is going through right now, having lost her dad.  He was not only a father, but a husband, a brother, a grandfather…so many things to so many people.

Remember your Sunscreen

A few days prior to his passing, she posted that July is UV safety month.  The timing couldn’t be more fitting.  She is a private person, so I don’t know any of the details of her father’s illness, but I do know that Melanoma is highly preventable.  Seriously, wear sunscreen.  It boggles my mind that so many of us forget, and every bit of sun exposure requires protection.

I’ve always been fair-skinned.  Chris is fair-skinned, and so is Abbie.  It’s something we think about on a regular basis, but I know we could do better.  Abbie never plays outside without sunscreen and her sunhat (even though she tries to take it off half the time).  When buying her bathing suits, I prefer to buy her rashguards, and I’m always keeping sunscreen in my bag for her.  Sadly, I’m prone to forgetting for myself unless I’m going to the pool or playground.  This has been a wake up call, and I’ll be working harder to make sure I wear it every day.  Is it a little bit inconvenient?  Sure.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.

Abbie Playground Sunhat

If you’d like to read more about UV Safety Month, you can do so here, but here are a few tips:

  • Stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.  I prefer a minimum of 30 for myself and 50 for Abbie.
  • Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days- UV rays can still get through the clouds.
  • Apply sunscreen on 30 minutes before you go outside.  Don’t forget your lips, ears, hands, feet, and the back of your neck.
  • Cover up with long sleeves, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Check your skin regularly – doctors recommend once a month.  Use mirrors to check hard to see spots, and report any changes that worry you to your doctor.

Are you diligent about sun safety?  Make sure you are – skin can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes!

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  1. My grandma and mom have great skin and they both look much younger than their age. The secret? Staying out of the sun when possible and diligent sunscreen usage. Fair skin, llight eyes and freckles are the trifecta of sun sensitivity!

    I buy face moisturizers with SPF already in it so it’s easy to remember every morning. I also have a body lotion with spf 30 since I take the bus to work and walk/stand outdoors at least 30-45 minutes a day. My freckles are kind of an early warning system – I can almost watch them pop out when I am outside in the sun. 🙂

    And don’t forget your scalp! I have burned a few times on the part of my hair because I forgot to wear a hat or put suncreen up there.

  2. You betcha! I’m allergic to the sun (specifically the UV rays) and so it is is crucial I wear sunscreen b/c so I don’t I break out in nasty itchy hives. Even just hanging out the laundry can lead to a full blown attack! I wear sunscreen like lotion, and try to use the most natural ones b/c of this. I also have to wear a hat b/c I get sun stroke really easy. Ha! I LOVE being outside so this makes my life interesting to say the least! I have two girls and follow them around with their hats and sunscreen too. My 3 year old knows the drill before we go out to play! “Sun lotion mommy and don’t forget the hats!” 😉

    1. Oh, wow, I can’t imagine being allergic! Good that your 3 year old knows the drill – gotta teach them early!

  3. AMEN. Just, Amen. It blows my mind that people feel the need to bake themselves without sunscreen. I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s father. They are all in my thoughts and prayers! <3

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