Saturday, May 14, 2011
Is this the healthy for your skin?
I am so aware of this fact, that yesterday while basking in the glorious sunlight I almost texted my classmate who's always been cancer-focused and is now working in the cancer dept. at UDOH saying, 'I'm in the process of giving myself skin cancer. Just thought I'd let you know.'
So, while I obviously know what sunburns can do to my skin, it's not enough to keep me from being in the sun. And I've never been a great sunscreen-user either. I do, however, use face lotion that's spf 15...
So that's somethin'.
Anyway, yesterday, I sat in the sun for a little over an hour. It felt wonderful. It wasn't too hot, and there was a light breeze that kept me cool. It was perfect. And also deceptive. I've long ago realized that my worst burns come when there's a breeze outside. It's almost as if I believe, 'well, if I don't feel the uv rays beating down on me, then they're not beating down on me.'
This is a lie.
I came inside looking for tan lines and seeing a few faint marks.
When I was getting dressed to go to my temple shift I noticed I was kind of red. When I got to the temple I noticed I was redder than I had initially thought. When I crouched down to reload some clothing bins I realized that the backs of my knees hurt. A lot. When I changed out of my temple clothes and was standing in my full-length slip... I looked like a lobster. I looked like I should have super-radiation-powers. I looked like a radiation-attacked-lobster.
I was red.
I went home, put aloe vera on, and went to sleep.
This morning when I woke up - not as red. It's already fading.
Looks like my plan is working.