I Won’t Get Burned Again

Remember when I burned the ever-loving you-know-what out of my face? No? Let me refresh your memories.

I looked like a shiny, waxy, puffy version of myself. And I was scared.

I’m a fair-skinned girl with freckles and moles. I burn, then tan. I never tan without a little bit of redness. And I live in Florida. Between the damage done with one errant beauty tool, and the daily sun I get on my high-noon walks, I wondered…was I doing enough to protect myself?

So, I recently started a new routine that I — {{{insert eye roll here}}} — obviously should have been doing for years. I’m so sorry, Mom. You were right.

Sunscreen. Every day. All over my face, shoulders and chest.

It sounds like a no-brainer, and it is. There are products available at every store with SPF built right in, between moisturizers and makeup. And the kind that comes in spray form can just be spritzed on before you get dressed for the day.

It’s not about avoiding wrinkles, although that’s nice. It’s not about avoiding the horrible sunburned look, although that’s good too.

I’ve had several moles removed in my lifetime, and although each has come back benign after closer inspection, I’ve done a lot of bargaining with the skin Gods in the time between removal and phone call. It’s nerve-wracking to wonder whether the news is going to be bad, and what it could mean for my health. So this pledge is about not becoming one more statistic in the war on cancer. Skin cancer and major skin damage is something I can prevent, for pennies a day. It’s foolish to not take a small precaution that has such major impact.

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(By the way: SkinCancer.org has this heart-stopping statisticOne blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. A person’s risk for melanoma also doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.)

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  1. says

    I actually use Aveeno moisturizer with SPF. 34 is staring me in the face and I don’t want wrinkles (or skin cancer!)

  2. says

    A blistering sunburn, good lord. I’ve never had one of those but I’ve definitely had more than 5 sunburns. I spent ages 15-18 in the sun.
    I use sunscreen on my face everyday but I’m not in the sun very often. Also, my makeup has sunscreen and I’ve been checked out by a dermatologist. I feel like I’m waiting for something to happen because of those burns from before.

  3. says

    I have had three skin cancers. The two on my face are most certainly from sun damage in my youth. I’m a very fair red-head who hated sunscreen. I have had a mole that was melanoma, so am glad to hear you are diligent about having suspicious ones removed. I drag my poor boys into the dermatologist for checks since my cancer puts them at higher risk, but I cannot get them to routinely use sunscreen:(

  4. says

    Great decision boo! I started a regime when we moved to Texas, and upped the ante when I started working with cancer patients. It’s such a preventable problem. I also need restalin already which I can blame the tanning beds for. I really love mixing Neutrogena SPF 70 with moisturizer so it slips onto my skin a little better and doesn’t leave a white cast. I hear Aveeno makes great products. GO YOU!

    • says

      Luckily, the pictures above aren’t from a sunburn — I had a terrible reaction to a microdermabrasion tool. But it was a wakeup call!

  5. says

    OMG that looks soooo painful! That’s not a sunburn though right??! I’ve never seen anything like that and I’m a pasty white girl too! Oh you poor thing, I hope all is better now! Sunscreen and moisturizer everyday! :)

  6. says

    It always bugs me that I don’t wear sunscreen, ever. But every single kind I can afford makes me break out into a full body rash. There are apparently some that would work but they are ridiculously expensive. Why can’t they just make sunscreen without such harsh chemicals? I think I’ll just continue to stay out of the sun for now, it sure beats being red and itchy for days.

  7. says

    Hey Katy. I know exactly what you are talking about. You must protect everyday. Im fair skinned and light eyed with blond hair. The sun loves to burn me, then tan me. I have done years of research on this once I got Melasma a few years back from all my sun worshiping growing up on the Jersey shore. A tan is not what everyone thinks it is, Its the color your skin turns while its healing itself. I don’t think that’s what everyone realizes and they continually punish their skin by laying in the sun or tanning at salons to keep that color. That makes it worse., they are not allowing their skin to heal. I am battling melasma, fine lines and wrinkles from all my time in the sun. You should check out my blog and go to the My Melasma Treatments tab. I chronicle my treatments at the derm. I wear a high spf everyday and wear hats when I can.

  8. DivinneGrace says

    Sorry to hear about it but I hope next time, you know how not burn your skin…And this serve as a lesson to us too…

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