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Applying Sunscreen

I am one of the fairest of them all — fairest skinned that it is. Well, maybe not the fairest, but if I miss one little itsy bitsy spot of exposed skin on a sunny day (or overcast day for that matter) […]

By Heather Atwell

Jun 19 2008

I am one of the fairest of them all — fairest skinned that it is. Well, maybe not the fairest, but if I miss one little itsy bitsy spot of exposed skin on a sunny day (or overcast day for that matter) when I am outside playing, I get a sunburn that fades to a tan and reminds me and anyone who notices the odd skin tones about my spot omission. Of course I always think that I have learned my lesson, then I get burned again. Here are some of my most memorable sunburns starting with the most recent:

  • Two red stripes down front of each arm

I concentrated so much on applying sunscreen to my shoulders I forgot about the easy to reach spots.

  • A white hand print on my neck surrounded by sunburn

At least my middle finger was not up.

  • A spot on my forehead that earned me the nickname Gorby or Gorbechev for a summer

Here is an example of said mark – http://www.mikhailgorbachev.org

  • A stripe down the back of my neck

I decided to wear my hair in a ponytail, after applying sunscreen. Therefore, I missed my neck completely, but my ponytail kept a nice three inch square down my neck protected.

  • A sunburn that started four inches above my ankle and continued to my toes

A classic wetsuit sunburn for a person who is a bad surfer and paddles around on her board all day rather than catching waves.

  • Scalp sunburn — multiple

It’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen to the scalp, but doing so leads to a great way to make a bad first impression, since the sunburn turns to a dry flaky scalp. Yes, I know this is gross.

And now, I will leave you with a few tips. Spray sunscreen is a great invention. Re-apply often. Don’t forget the hard to reach and (in my case) easy to reach spots.

Do you have any sunscreen tips?

Here are some of the obvious ones — Beautyeria.com, Ourfamilyfitnessblog.com