Ohhhhh…it BURNS. Do you ever get random stand up quotes stuck in your head, and then apply them to everything?
I watch a lot of stand up and that one kept making me think about sunscreen how often people don’t wear it. (That’s Patton Oswalt, talking about having his first kid so not related but you get it)
Or if they do wear it, how often they skip putting it on their backs.
Let’s talk about sunscreen. I’ve been seeing heaps of stuff being posted all over the internet saying that sunscreen does not help prevent cancer.
This seems insane to me.
Look at Australia and their ‘slip, slop, slap’ campaign to encourage children to wear sunscreen and cover up, which HAS reduced melanoma rates. SCIENCE!
At the very least, sunscreen will help prevent you from looking saggy and old before your time.
There is some debate about the actual chemicals used to make sunscreen being good or bad for you. The research I can find says that the tests they do on lab rats involved INJECTING the chemical into the animal which would probably give anything cancer.
We apply sunscreen topically and as of yet, they have found no connection to these chemicals and cancer in humans.
Anyway, that’s not really the point. There are plenty of sunscreens available that do not use all the traditional chemicals in them. You can find more natural sunscreens online and absorb less things with a lot of scary letters into your skin.
If you look at the back of any sunscreen bottle, it recommends you limit your time in the sun and “wear long-sleeve shirts, hats and sunglasses”. Yuck. I do not want to be dressed for October weather while sitting on the beach, thank you. I’ll take my chances with the sunscreen.
I travel alone a lot and sometimes find myself without help, so I got pretty good at getting sunscreen on back by myself. If you happen to be traveling alone, this is no excuse for not covering your back in sunscreen. There’s an easy way to do it. Ask a hot stranger to rub you down. ::hehe::
If there are no hot strangers available (or you’d rather avoid humans all together) there is another possibility…
Check it out!
The top and bottom of your back are easy to reach, it’s the tricky center that will getcha every time. I’m not super flexible, but I can manage to touch my hands together. If not, it’s a good reason to start doing some stretches!
It makes me laugh when I see dudes with handprints on their shoulders where they slapped it on, and then angry burnt red backs where they didn’t bother to cover themselves.
Lying on your stomach and letting the ocean put you to sleep for an afternoon nap is one of my favorite things BUT YOU NEED SUNSCREEN so your back doesn’t look like you’ve just escaped the third level of hell. (Also not recommended to do at the hottest part of the day).
And for the love, use at least an SPF 15 minimum.
Anything under that is basically water. The difference in the numbers does NOT mean you will get a better tan. The number means that you have to reapply less (in theory) the higher the number and protects against a higher percentage of UVB rays.
“If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer — about five hours.” – skincancer.org
They do recommend you reapply every two though, if you are outside all day. You can get a beautiful, even, lovely tan even while wearing sunscreen.
It might take a little bit longer in the sun, but that sounds like the perfect excuse to stay outside to me. ::little happy dance::
What are your thoughts on wearing sunscreen?
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