Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WyoSparkles' (How Not To Get A) Burn Book

Most of us, who aren’t complete idiots, have a tendency to learn from experience.  J will never forget the time she laid in the grass for hours on a hot summer night, only to wake up the next morning with HUNDREDS of mosquito bites all over her arms and legs. 

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Maddening and seemingly endless itching and scratching for the next week taught her the beauty of mosquito repellant.   

Every little girl loves to wear her fancy shoes as often as possible...

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 ...and K was no exception. It didn't matter if she was going to Church, or the store, or to J's house to play in the dirt...K had a pair of shiny black dress shoes that just HAD to be worn.  Shiny black dress shoes aren't the best for running, though...you're likely to slip and fall...which K figured out while running home in them one day.  One huge gash on her face later, K learned to slow it down when wearing her favorite fabulous footwear.

Like most people have, we have each experienced the occasional sunburn from time to time, but we will forever look to ONE fateful 4th of July weekend at Bear Lake as the weekend when we finally learned to never EVER leave the house without sunscreen again.

We love sunshine.  Sunshine makes us happy.  

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And...as lovers of the sun, we've forever found that we enjoy our skin with a bit of a bronze glow...as we look a little bit like death, ladies...or worse, Twilight vampires...when we're forced to revert to our natural pale skin.

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It was with this love of sunshine and desire to get "a little" color that we ventured to Bear Lake that summer.  We sat with our college girlfriends, as we do every summer, on the beaches of Bear Lake, without a care in the world.  The water was glorious.  The breezes were cool and refreshing.  We laughed and played and relaxed....all while the sun was baking our skin like Thanksgiving Turkeys.

There comes a time when you realize you might be getting a bit too much sun...but usually, by then, it's too late...and it was TOO LATE for us.  Our entire party was burned pretty much beyond recognition.  If we'd have died on that beach, they would have had to check dental records for identification.  We weren't red...we were maroon.  There aren't any pictures...we're smarter than that...but trust us...it was NOT pretty.

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It was during the following days of blisters and peeling and continuous agony that we said, once and for all, "NEVER AGAIN!!"

...and we have been SPF groupies ever since.  There is NOTHING that is worth the pain that we went through from those burns.  And...in case you didn't know...leathery skin, wrinkles, and especially skin cancer are pretty huge downers, as well.

Burns and cancer are easily prevented, though, if you're smart.  When you're going to be in the sun, cover up with loose clothes and a hat when you can...and find some shade if possible. When being uncovered and un-shaded is a must, (that lake isn't going to swim in itself, ladies!) put some sunscreen on.  Often.  It's really just that simple.

We really like Clinique's line of sun protection products, which includes creams for both body and face, and are great for sensitive skin...

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...but there are endless options at every drugstore that will do the trick.  

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Regardless of the brand you choose...just make sure to use SOMETHING.  It's one of the easiest things you can do for your skin...and one of the most important!

There is nothing wrong with wanting a little color on your skin...and thankfully, we've got a whole slew of bronzers and self tanners to give us a beautiful and "skin friendly" glow year round.  We grab a Mystic Spray Tan when we get a chance, and for upkeep, we're especially fond of Beach Sexy Tinted Self-Tan Lotion by Victoria's Secret.

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We're headed back to Bear Lake at the end of this month, and you can bet that we'll have our sunscreen packed.  We hope that whatever sunshine you get yourself into, yours SPF is packed too!



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