There are so many reasons and studies, proof that the sun is harmful to you, but yet, we all want that golden tan! I, too, am guilty of this. My heritage is Cajun and Cherokee, I am supposed to be this glorious golden bronze like pretty much the rest of my family. Am I? Of course not! I am the pasty, sickly looking girl with lighter hair, lighter eyes, and freckles that burns when I'm outside for 5 minutes. This is so not fair!
When I moved to Hawaii, my brother and I had a contest to see who could tan better (darker). This was so dumb, I'll admit it here and now. He gets bronze in 5 minutes where my skin will look like a boiled crawfish (or lobster to some of you who have no idea what a crawfish is). But, he challenged me and I had to go through with it. I did add a stipulation that it was whoever was darker OR whoever develops skin cancer first.... covering all my bases here because I just knew it would happen in Hawaii. This lasted for months, and I did manage to burn on top of burn and look like I had a nice tan for a while! I was over it a few months in because when your skin burns so much you can barely sleep, yeah, it's over. Check please!
So that makes me determined even more to practice safe sun. I recently bought one of the big white southern belle floppy hats, but of course, "If it doesn't move, monogram it!" so I did, with hot pink thread! And I pretty coral colored baseball cap, monogrammed of course. I also use sunscreen if I know I'll be out for longer than 30 minutes. Now, in the effort of getting rid of as many chemicals as I can due to the fact I am on Lipitor (bad high cholesterol genes from my parents), I am omitting all of the sunscreens I've always used! This makes it hard because, from I've found, the natural ones don't really protect that well. Also, I've read things about using some essential oils like carrot oil to protect you from the sun. I have yet to try those, but I certainly will and let you know how it goes!
What about you, what are some of the things you do to protect yourself from the sun? Or, do you think a little sunshine never hurt anyone?