Melanoma survivor: Pale is always in
By Amanda Woodward
Because of my melanoma
diagnosis, I consider myself a student of sun safety. I’ve learned to be
diligent and cautious about my sun exposure while still getting out and
enjoying the season.
However, there’s a bit more to it than that. I needed to
redefine beautiful as it pertains to skin. As a teen, I saw my peers tanning
and was very much aware that tanned skin was their idea of attractive. Thankfully,
society seems to be moving to a place where we see pale skin and consider it healthy,
beautiful and classic. I’ll take that!
Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to being safe
in the sun and fashionably pale:
- A good general rule is to avoid the sun during
peak hours, 10a.m. to 4p.m. Depending where you live, you may want to be even
more cautious. I like to use a mobile weather app to check the UV index. If it’s moderate or
above I look for an indoor activity.
- Look for a broad-spectrum
sunblock, meaning it protects from UV-A and UV-B rays with a minimum SPF
30. Apply prior to sun exposure and reapply as directed. I like to spray my
perfume after I’ve applied sunblock to help mitigate some of that distinct
- Don’t forget about your head. There are sunblock
options available that are designed to be applied over hair to protect your
scalp. Hats are also a great option. Sun hats and baseball caps look especially
great during warmer months.
- Wear sunglasses. Again, make sure they offer UV
protection at 100%. They are very stylish and great for people watching at the
beach. Remember in sunglass fashion, the bigger the better.
- Sport beachy cover-ups. Look for long sundresses
or linen clothing. These will look fantastic while protecting you from the sun.
- Many lip balms are available with SPF, grab
yourself one. Hydrated lips are always a plus.
- Ladies, most makeup brands offer their
foundations or BB creams with SPF. Make sure you look for those options; it’s a
very easy switch for a little extra protection. Oh, and wear some nail polish, it provides a
little UV barrier to your nail beds.
If you are really craving a sun kissed look, there are some
tanning lotions on the market. They can be quick and easy to use, but more
importantly they don’t expose you to damaging UV rays. But remember, pale is
beautiful and pale is always in.
If you’re going on a spring break trip, have a fantastic
time and please, be safe in the sun.
Amanda Woodward now lives in Alaska with her husband, daughter and two dogs. Schatzi loves the cooler weather and now has her own big backyard.
Read more about her on her blog.
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