Rx NURSE KRIS: Stick It Where the Sun DON’T Shine

I love the sun.
It just so happens, I live in an area of the country where the sun just don’t shine.

The truth is the sun is somewhere high above the cloud cover just about half of the year (52%, to be exact). This is the reason we locals seek the sunshine with such enthusiasm and passion— and when we find it, we soak it in! It can’t do THAT much damage in such a short time, right? Wrong! Dead wrong. Even above the clouds, that 6-billion-year-old star (known as the sun) can cause trouble.

Many of the ideas for my articles come from my own life— or our readers lives.
This time it was a few pictures a friend posted on Facebook that got me thinking. Pictures of gals who did what so many do— run for the sun when the weather has become a bit too soggy.

Everything looked perfect! A pool, pretty cocktails, cute bikinis, good friends and that ever elusive SUNSHINE! It’s the sun that’ll boost a mood and vitamin D. It’s that same sun that can cause our skin to sag, wrinkle and develop cancer— even cause your eyes to develop cataracts.These gals were DARK.
Now I’m no expert when it comes to the origin of a good tan, but I am pretty sure it didn’t come out of a bottle.

I remember when I was young, growing up in Wisconsin. It was cold most of the year so when summer hit, we let those sunny rays sink in for as long as we could stand the heat. I even remember my sister using a reflective blanket and baby oil to get the most from a sun that wouldn’t stick around for very long. The tan didn’t stick around for very long either, but the damage did.

Today, at age 43– I work everyday to erase the damage done during my teens.
I am paying the price with dark blotches and wrinkles.

Ironic many of us get that deep dark tan to hide imperfections, only to be burdened with even worse blemishes– that won’t be as easy to hide.

Today we know better…

…or at least I thought we did. I thought the illusion of sexy, sun-kissed skin was left for the ever-aging Jimmy Buffet songs.

Even the fashion world has finally learned to love fair skin.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with one person dying from this most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma, every hour. My dad had it. My niece had it. Now my friend has it.

Not unlike many things in life, we always want what we don’t have. Blonds want to be brunette, those of us with straight hair want curly hair and the curly heads stock-up on the straightening irons. So it should come as no surprise, I prefer my pale white skin has a hint of color. Lucky for us, technology has trumped mother nature with a way to tan without the torturing our tiny skin cells.

I am not talking about tanning beds– they aren’t any better than the sun. Sunless tanning, spray tanning, self-tanning— whatever you want to call it, it’s UV-free and that is the key! My favorite happens to be L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion. It tans you right away and has a pearly glow. If I am headed for a sunny vacation, I like Mystic Tan— you’ll get quick results that last a week or so.

So let’s set a good example for all the those still searching for that summer glow— save your skin, maybe even your life and get it from a bottle. 

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