For my first, 39th birthday this week, I had an idyllic day planned: trimming hedges alone at our new home. This may seem a ridiculous scenario for a birthday, but I love to have time to myself and being outdoors on a beautiful day to improve our new house is a joy to me.
My 4th of July FQ (Friday Quickie) discussed the importance of sun protection. I am a hypocrite. Usually so vigilant, I felt a little invincible on my birthday, (the double Frappacino and a power tools didn’t hurt.) I thought, “a little sun might be good for me.” Wrong. I currently have freckled white stripes on my shoulders bordered in hot pink patches.
So my brilliant readers, please learn from my mistake: click those seat belts, warm-up before workouts, train for your races and always wear a helmet. Mother Nature doesn’t care if it’s your birthday.
Going to be out in the sun this weekend? Do your skin, beauty and health a favor by staying in the shade, wearing sunblock and donning sunproof clothing. Not that fair? Doesn’t matter. As Dr. Emily Arch of Aesthetics and Dermatology of Wicker Park
(love her) insightfully stated: “Bob Marley had melanoma.” I recently spoke with Dr. Arch. My two daughters have very different skin tones. I wondered, if I need to be as vigilant with sun protection with both children? (I realize this question sounds horrible on the surface, but you may not have ever had to slather lotion on two elusive toddlers while trying to get out the door.) The short answer: “Yes.” So whatever your skin tone, protect your health and beauty. Be smart in the sun this weekend.
Sun proof clothing sites: Coolibar Athleta
No time to shop? Dark denim will provide sun protection. And what fabric is more American than denim?
Be safe! Have fun!
Happy Fourth of July!!!