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The Necessity of Sunscreen

Yesterday, on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far in St. Louis, I did something very stupid: Spent an afternoon at the pool without applying proper sunscreen.

Since I’m fair-skinned, I really should have known better, especially since this definitely isn’t my first go around with a bad sunburn.

I’m not sure if I thought that my time living in the Caribbean would somehow make my tolerance for exposure to the sun increase, or if I’ve just gotten so used to it being overcast and cloudy (days that usually don’t require any level of spf) that the need to reapply sunscreen after an hour or so slipped my mind.

The last 24 hours have been quite painful, as numerous coats of aloe have only served to lessen the sunburn pain for a short period of time. Luckily I was able to get away with  wearing yoga pants and a baggy polo at work today, or I’m not sure how I would have survived the pain of wearing actual clothes.

My co-workers have had mixed reactions to my burn, with most being sympathetic (or empathetic), while a couple of jokers have sent me picture messages all day of other sunburn victims, and one even created a meme to share his thoughts.

Naturally I chuckled along with them, because the only one to blame for this incident is myself and my poor judgement, and because well the fact that my face does resemble a red and white raccoon is kind of funny. image

Clearly this post is only stating the obvious here folks, but remember this summer that adding a layer of sunscreen is always a good idea.

I’ve learned my lesson, and hope that in the future I’ll remember to spend extra time protecting my skin… I’d rather not have my skin and hair be roughly the same color. 🙂

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