Friday, June 4, 2010

Summer Secret

I'm a sun worshipper, it's true. As a teen, I used to hike up to the cliffs behind my parents house and lay out on top. A front row seat to a breathtaking view is seriously the only way to get your tan. I used to wear white shorty shorts because they made me feel extra tan.

Then I grew up (and out) and had 5 kids. Buh-bye shorty shorts, buh-bye tan. The last couple of years I've made my daily sun devotion more of a priority. Nothing makes me feel better than at least 20 minutes a day of good, old-fashioned Vitamin D absorption.

I don't believe in sun screen as a rule (except for my face and unless of course I'm going to be out in the sun for more than a few hours), as I think it can cause more harm than good. I'm not the AMA or anything, so I'm no expert, but there are plenty of articles out there to support my point of view. Anywho, this product is my new fave - you can find it at Wal-meh for somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.

Not bad at all. It's not the best moisturizer, so you'll still need to use a good lotion (dry skin is your tan's worst enemy). It does not make your palms all funny colored after applying it, it smells great, doesn't look streaky, and the color doesn't come off on your sheets. You do need to go out in the sun to activate it. I've never applied it to my face so you're on your own on that one.

Remember to start your sun exposure off slowly: 10-15 minutes a day until you build up a nice base. In person it's nice brownish color and not orangey/fakey at all - unlike that one summer when I experimented with Bain de Soleil (for the St. Tropez tan) - who knew they were all peachy colored in France? Please, let us never speak of this again.


Kristina P. said...

My coworker always tells me she has just accepted the fact that she will die of skin cancer, because she loves the sun so much.

I have never heard of this viewpoint that sunscreen causes harm. Interesting.

Kimberly said...

My body lost its ability to tan when I hit puberty. This crazy vampire fad is my new best friend. =P

Lindsey Johnson said...

I want to hear more about sunscreen causing harm, too. I love being outside, but with my fair skin, I have never and will never be tan and apply the stuff religiously. And on my kids.

(My husband, however, would completely agree with you. He doesn't like wearing it unless he has to.)

Millie said...

I'm totally loving the sun, after three weeks of nonstop rain (the third wettest May on record here). Went out and frolicked with my shovel earlier, got some nice color.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who's going to die of skin cancer. Except mine will be freckle cancer.

M-Cat said...

Havent' heard about the issue with the suscreens causing cancer, but you can bet your sweet butt, I am using that one to justify myself to the Splenda

Elizabeth-W said...

This study was fascinating to me. Sun addicts' brains light up differently than non-sun-addicted brains. Every year, I tell myself I will be tanless. And every year, I get one. I know I shouldn't.

Mrs. Organic said...

I suppose this explains why every wonter I feel like I go thru sun withdrawals and then I have to start popping the mega Vitamin D supps.

JENNIFRO said...

THANKS for the tip! I will be buying that juice tomorrow! I cannot resist a tan... no regrets... love it too much! Gotta go check out that article. Thanks for the movie ideas!