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5 Reasons to Protect Your Skin & 7 Things That Make Your Skin More Likely to Burn

Dear Kid,

Lecture time.

And no, you don’t get to sleep in and skip this one.

French fries are supposed to be crispy. Human skin is not. Put on more sunscreen. DearKidLoveMom.comWhile we will not (repeat NOT) call your sister a raccoon or a French fry (at least not to her face), it is clear to everyone within a 23 mile radius that she neglected to indulge in sunscreen yesterday. The glow meant we could turn off the lights last night and still see brilliantly well, but skin is not intended as an alternative light source.

To be clear. Here are 5 really good reasons not to get sun damage:

  1. Ultraviolet rays can actually alter your DNA. This is bad, because if you wanted altered DNA, you’d be a sheep.
  2. DNA damage contributes to skin cancers (yep, there are a bunch of them and they range from bad to deadly).
  3. Ultraviolet rays damage your skin and cause premature aging.
  4. You can get sunburned even on days you think are sunburn-proof. “Oh, its’ cloudy,” you say, “No need for sunscreen.” “Bah! Says the UV light.” And proceeds to burn you. According to the Mayo Clinic site, as much as 80% (that’s a lot) Of UV rays go right through clouds charring your skin (sometimes on a micro level). Think about it: you can still see on cloudy days which means light rays are not all being blocked by the aforementioned clouds.
  5. Sunburn hurts.

Things that increase your risk for sunburn:

  1. Having fair skin (obviously having unfair skin is good)
  2. Being outside (well, yeah, duh)
  3. Not wearing sunscreen—allow me to repeat: WEAR SUNSCREEN!
  4. Mixing outside with alcohol consumption
  5. Having been sunburned previously (yes, really)
  6. Tanning booths (don’t even get me started)
  7. Some medications can make your skin more likely to burn

Today’s lesson: Put. On. Sunscreen.

In case that’s confusing: Put on more sunscreen.

I’m so subtle.

Love, Mom

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Not All Days Turn Out the Way You Plan Them

Dear Kid,

Do you know how hard it is to type a post while you’re driving? To be clear, I’m not driving Dad is, but it’s still darn difficult. Made even more difficult because I’m typing on my phone (thank heavens for autocorrect) which is a great deal completely unlike working on a regular keyboard.

All in all, not the smoothest thing I’ve ever done.

We are driving to East Boofoo ( or more accurately South Boofoo) for today’s football game. And by “Boofoo” I mean spotty internet service.

Dad is reading signs as we go. “Sycamore Place…Ivy Pond…Burgers…Big Sale”. Not sure why he enjoys sign reading so much, nor do I know why he reads them out, but he does and he does.

The good news is it’s a beautiful day–at least at the moment. The clouds haven’t begun to unload their burden–at least at the moment–and the sun (at least at the moment) hasn’t gotten fierce.

(20 minutes later)

Ah, what a difference a mere 20 minutes can make. As I got out of the car Dad reminded me to take a jacket because a cold front was coming in. I listened to Dad and took the jacket. The weather did not listen to Dad. The sun came out just in time for the game and I put on SPF 25000 just in time for the sun. The we huddled underneath an umbrella for shade. I don’t think I got fried, but perhaps lightly toasted.

The team got thoroughly toasted so we won’t talk about that at all.

Have a great day kiddo.

Love, Mom


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