Mine’s a struggle. It’s a total love/hate. I’m constantly wishin’, hopin’, and dreamin’ for a sunny day, but then find myself hiding when it finally comes out to stay.
As much as I’d like to pretend I was a carefree beach bum who could spend hours effortlessly dancing along the beach without a worry in the world, checking off all of the “cool girl” boxes, lookin’ all tan and flirty in my bikini… I’m not. I get a bit stressed. The sun is a big, bright, beautiful yet scary thing. It can do some serious damage. And I find myself constantly struggling between having serious beach FOMO, and serious burns. So, how do we achieve balance? Do I over-think everything way more then most of my friends who slay on the beach each summer vacation? Maybe. Definitely. But hey, I’m doin’ my biggest organ (my skin), a huge favor. And 20 years from now, I’ll be thanking my 24 year old self.
This is the best advice I give myself on a daily basis. Do you, girl! I may be that girl with, like, 15 hats on, 100 SPF, and a coverup as I walk from the house to the beach, but I’m doin’ me! Don’t be afraid to do you. Here’s how my relationship with the sun is making some progress…
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Prep. I’m a planner, so what? If I know my day at the beach (or on a hike, at the pool… you get the gist) is going to be 90 degrees and sunny, I like to suggest going at a time that the UV index (which can be found on the weather app on your iPhone), is lower. The highest UV is usually between the hours of 11-3, so working around those hours helps keep the bad burning away, and my mind at peace.
Lather. Finding a good sunblock that isn’t full of chemicals and yucky things for my skin has made me as happy as a clam. Choose whatever SPF that makes you feel comfortable, but I suggest at least 30 or higher. Giving yourself some time and putting on your sunblock before you get dressed and head outside is key. It gives your skin time to absorb, dry, and you some security that you’re already taken care of.
Accessorize. Hats, scarves, sunnies, and umbrellas are all welcomed. I’ve found that when I’m wearing accessories that help protect my skin and keep my confidence up, I’m more comfortable and can relax a lot more.
Play Hooky. If you have to skip a day on the beach because your skin’s had enough, don’t worry! Grab a book and sit on the porch under the deck with a coverup. A couple hours with your friends isn’t as important as your health. It’s obvious when your skin is telling you it’s had enough, so listen to it. Lather up in some aloe, and let it go.