Oh Mr. Sun

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great Monday and your week is off to a fantastic start! This is a busy week for me and I’ve definitely got my eye on the prize– this weekend! On Friday I leave to go to the Indianapolis 500 and am beyond excited. People are always surprised when they hear that I like Indy but I’ve been watching the race with my mom for years. It’s always been a dream to go and after getting tickets a year ago, Daddy Jeff, my mom and I are so ecstatic that it’s finally time!

I spent this past weekend in the sun celebrating a very special friend’s birthday in the park. We had a great time hanging out at Fort Mason eating some red velvet blondies and drinks and enjoying each others company. I had a perfect day but I brought a something unexpected home… the worst sunburn! My back and shoulders are bright red and incredibly painful. Since I’m pale I do have the tendency to burn but it’s been years since I’ve had a burn this bad.

The entire front of my body was “touched by the sun” during a past trip to the Bahamas

Since it’s almost summer (!!) I thought it’d be goodĀ  time to talk about proper sun care and how to have fun in the sun without taking home a nasty burn.

Before you go:

-Look for sunscreen with the Skin Cancer Foundation seal, and make sure it prtoects against UVA and UVB rays. There are three active ingredients to look for: PABA derivatives, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide.

-Apply sunscreen half an hour before going out into the sun. Not only will it have time to soak in to the skin, but you won’t have to twist and turn awkwardly in public trying to rub it in those hard to reach places!

-Most people put on too little sunscreen and the correct amount to use is about 1 oz or a shot glass full.

While You’re There:

-Reapply sunscreen approximately every two hours and if you are sweating or in water, it may be necessary to apply more often. For a day in the sun one person should be using 1/4-1/2 of an 8 oz. bottle.

If you get “Touched by the Sun”:

-Get out of the sun as soon as possible at the first sign of pink. It takes a sunburn 4-6 hours to develop, so keep in mind that a little color can turn into a painful experience later.

-Moisturize! Take a cool shower if you can stand it and slather your skin with a moisturizing product- I’ve been living on aloe vera!

-Stay hydrated by drinking extra water, juice and sports drinks as the burn draws fluid from the surface and away from the body.

By following these tips you can spend time enjoying the beautiful weather and spending time with friends and family. These are all things I’m going to be doing this weekend!

Questions:

-Have you had any bad sunburns?

-What’s your favorite thing to do in the warm weather?

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3 thoughts on “Oh Mr. Sun

  1. Gah! You are going to have such a fantastic weekend at the Indy! I can’t wait to hear all about it :D

    As far as the sunscreen– these are all such great tips! It’s funny because as I’m getting older, I’m finding myself wanting protection from the sun more and more, while in high school I would go out WITHOUT anything on my skin at all! Bad, bad Brittany haha
    Have a great day <3

  2. Love these tips! I have had very bad sunburns … but it has thankfully been a good two years since that happened! Now I’m a freak about sunscreen all the time. I don’t leave my house without at least 30 on!

    And my favorite thing to do in the warm weather … lay by water, blast some music & enjoy a pina colda :)

    Have fun at Indy!!!

  3. How exciting that you *finally* get to see the Indy in person! I hope you and your family have a fabulous trip! I’ve actually never watched, but now that I know you’re going to be cheering from the stands, maybe I’ll switch on the TV and look for you. ;) Can’t wait to hear about it!

    Okay, confession time. :-/ I LOVE the sun, and despite my natural blonde hair, I don’t burn easily. My skin gets really dark in the summer, IF I lay out for hours by the pool. (And I always lay out by the pool—often without sunscreen). The irony is that my dad is a dermatologist, so I’ve been lectured to about the dangers of sunburns and sun exposure my entire life. Yet, I remain in denial. SO SO bad. These are all great tips, and ones I need to start using this summer. My skin doesn’t look as “youthful” as it once did (I’m getting old! ahh!), and I realize that I NEED to start taking better care. Thanks so much for this reminder. <3

    Have a wonderful weekend, lovely! Hugs! xoxo

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