Wednesday, September 9, 2009

End of Summer Burn

As I said in a previous post, I am really trying to be careful about my sun exposure. For a few reasons, I don't want to look like I'm 50 when I'm 30, and most of all, I have a family history of skin cancer. My mom dealt with it a while back and that is something I don't want to deal with.
Now that we are at the end of the summer, I have stuck to my word and been really careful in the sun. Always using at least SPF 30 or more, when I am planning on being out for more than an hour. I start by everyday, after washing my face using Olay complete moisturizer. On a side note, I am not one to buy name brand products when store brand is available, but I just cant do it with Olay. It is simply not the same. I always start my day protected, year round.
I successfully got through the summer with little to no burning. I usually start off worth a bad "start of Summer" burn and tan from there on. That was not the case this year. The worst burn I received was Labor day, when I was more worried about Adah getting burned than me.
Throughout the summer, I put a lot of sunblock products to the test. This is what I found.

Lotions: They are all good, but the only problem is they when applying lotion, you can't see , and sometimes you can hey a blotchy burn. They are always a safe bet for your face.

Sprays: I am not a huge fan of sprays. The sunblock companies make it look really easy to apply, but in fact you DO have to rub it in, or you will get burned. However, I GREAT spray to get is Banana Boat Sport Performance pump spray is by far the best spray you can get. It is the one that is easy to apply, and on a hot day spraying it cools you off while keeping you protected. We went to the fair and my mom kept spraying it on my neck and shoulders without rubbing it. I was thinking that I was going to burn, but I didn't! It really works.

I have not tested anything on Adah, because she is so young, the best thing that has worked for her is just simply keeping her out of direct sun light.

I am going to continue to do this, and to teach Adah the importance of keeping healthy skin. I have been making a lot of changes since Adah has been born for my health, and this is one of them. My big change that I would like to make, but have not yet, it caffeine. That is something I am going to need to pray about. But it would really help a lot of things including my blood pressure, which is still teetering on high.

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