I am, for the most part, all about sunscreen.  When I was younger, I lived in Champaign-Urbana, IL and worked for set of doctors at Christie Clinic.  One doctor specialized in older patients, many of whom had worked outdoors on farms for most of their lives.  Needless to say, many were having small-ish bits and pieces of their faces removed with what looked like a melon-baller.  They came in with extreme “age spots” or “freckles” and left with band-aids covering parts of their faces.

This scared the bejesus out of me. I had already been fair complexioned and fell victim to the sun when I ventured out.  From that moment on I was committed to tinted sunscreen.  Staying pale seemed liked the BEST.THING.EVER! However, society and fashion media have “issues” with anyone who’s not, well the right color.  The right color, of course, is dictated by the magazines.

That said, they would feel bad if they ACTIVELY encouraged people to kill themselves through unnecessary radiation. That would be wrong.  Instead, on page 20 they talk about protecting your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, especially because wrinkles and sagging skin are so “your mother’s era”.  On page 58, they go on about how to get sunless color — you know with bronzer and such.  [eye roll and sigh]

Its summer.  Have fun. Don’t use bronzer.  Wear sunscreen.  Don’t conform to stupid media commands. Not necessarily in that order.


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