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I remember being in high school sitting behind my friends peeling their shoulders and backs of all the post-burn skin thinking… damn white people… I feel for you. The sun hates you.
I grew up wearing nothing on my skin in the hot Florida sun during the summers. I would put on tanning oil to basically bake and get all nice and dark…not a care in the world.
Starting to date John who’s as pale as can be, I watched him ritualistically slather on sunscreen while I sat there smugly, with my chocolate skin all “safe” and greased up with like spf zero oils.
Then I got my first burn.
Lord. Have. Mercy.
I could barely touch it…just gingerly dab on aloe and wait patiently for it to come to peeling time.
Learned my lesson after that to protect my skin.
Maaaan now I’m an evangelist. I tell every brown person I see they need to slap on some sunscreen. My family, some of them listen, some of them shoo me away (story of my life) but I keep trying.
I slather or spray Rohan and Kaya before they head out, and put on a nice wide brimmed hat on them as well for bonus protection.
Skin health is super important. My skin is sensitive and I have eczema that comes and goes. John’s skin is pale and sensitive to the sun. Rohan’s skin is SO sensitive (we have to be so careful with what he even rubs against) and Kaya has patches of eczema as well. So both kids have skin that needs extra care.
Sun safety was never a priority for me, wasn’t even a passing thought. But now I’m so ‘bout it, it’s ridiculous. Kaya and Ro are in the pool and at the beach a lot this summer so I’m diligent about keeping them safe. If my aunts take them out I pack the spray sunscreen with them.
I wear an SPF facial lotion, and John…though he’ll never admit it…(finally) uses Neutrogena SPF lotion on his face every morning! I finally got him to use a “beauty” product!!! But honestly, it’s a health product. And EVERYONE needs it, from the darkest to the palest.
We received some additional Neutrogena products to try, and I am loving the bar for easy application on Kaya. Neutrogena Pure & Free® Baby Faces Ultra Gentle Sunscreen along with a few others in the range was awarded a Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association….and it stays put when my kiddies are in the pool too.
My sun skin care evangelism started from my first burn, but I’m grateful for it. Sun burns in children lead to higher chance of skin cancer. And 1 in 5 people in this country will develop skin cancer.
THE SUN IS NOT MESSIN’ AROUND!!
So slather on your Neutrogena before you head out, K?
Do you wear sunscreen daily?!