Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Get your Vitamin D, but wear sunscreen. Especially on your face!

I love the sun.

Laying out in the sun has always been one of my favorite ways to spend weekends and vacation. Even when I'm at home laying out in the back yard I can forget where I am for a little while and pretend I'm on an island somewhere far, far away. The best vacation I ever took involved spending 2 full weeks laying on a beach chair in Aruba. And, like many in my generation, I spent my teen years slathering on baby oil every day in the summer (yes, even in Seattle).

Fortunately my skin tends to tan, and my daughter seems to have been blessed with those genes as well. So far so good.

I've been hearing a lot lately about Vitamin D deficiency due to people being so afraid of skin cancer that they can't walk by a window, much less leave the house without bathing in SPF50. Let's apply the "everything in moderation" rule here - you can sit outside for 15-20 minutes without wearing sunscreen. You should probably do this before 10 AM or after 2 PM to avoid the most damaging rays of the sun, but in a pinch I bet you could even sit outside for a few minutes at Noon. The sun is healing. Enjoy it.

Now, after you've spent your 15-20 minutes outside, go back in and put your sunscreen on! There's really no excuse anymore with the continuous spray sunscreen invention. Whoever invented that should get a medal. Also, always, always, ALWAYS wear sunscreen on your face. You can wear tinted moisturizer and use bronzer to give your face a lovely glow, and hopefully you'll avoid premature crows feet.

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