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The Stupid Things We Do When We Are Young (Part One)

Tanning –

I don’t believe in regrets but if there is one thing I ‘wish’ I could take back it is the copious amounts of tanning I participated in as a young teenage girl through high school.

Spending my weekends and holidays sunning myself with my best friend was a favourite pastime and many hours were spent roasting ourselves like rotisserie chickens.

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I was always envious of the deep tan S constantly sported and hated being the pale, ugly one in our pair – thus I frequently lay next to her getting 2nd degree burns with my father’s warnings pushed way behind my teenage angst.

Again.

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I so badly wish I had covered up. Of course still enjoyed the sun; but wasting precious time burning my skin when exactly the same effect could have been achieved by a bottle?

Again.

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Under ultraviolet screens it is clear that I have facial pigmentation and fine lines around my eyes. DIRECT RESULT FROM TANNING.

I have a few moles and many freckles all which would be minimalised if I had simply sat under the massive Sea-folly beach brolly S stole.

Whenever I get teased now by friends when I am sporting what could only be called a moon tan (when I have forgotten the fake tan) I laugh right back at them and tell them that they are the ones who will represent a human carpet when they are 40 whereas hopefully I will be much more well preserved.

We all know the line – Tanning is skin cells in trauma. We are killing our skin! The largest organ on our body! Tanning causes premature ageing; pigmentation, fine lines and uneven skin tone etc. Not to mention that skin cancer can KILL you.

So slap on the sunscreen and apply the fake tan vigorously – your looks will thank you dearly.

Hint – Sunscreen is worth spending money on – AKA a 1 litre home brand tub is not going to cut it. You need a BROAD SPECTRUM sunscreen and you actually need to read the information as some brands claim to be broad spectrum but in actual fact have the smallest amount of UVB protection possible.

UVA protection is for the skins surface whereas UVB stops the sucker (the sun) from getting into the deeper layers which is what causes cancer.

The best sunscreen (in my opinion) is the Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+ with Helioplex which comes in a lotion and mist.

Here is what scientists say about it – (Actually really interesting so please read!!!)

Developed by Neutrogena, Helioplex represents a breadth of stabilized sunscreen technologies that deliver superior UVA/UVB protection from the sun. UVA protection in many sunscreens begins to breakdown the moment your skin is exposed to the sun. Stabilizing technologies like Helioplex can help UVA defense stay strong and steady longer.

Powerful Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection: Neutrogena sunscreens with Helioplex harness the full power of various sunscreen ingredients, including Avobenzone, Oxybenzone and Octocrylene, which have long been recognized by the FDA as safe and effective for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Superior UVA Protection: Avobenzone is one of the best UVA absorbers approved by the FDA, but it is highly unstable when exposed to sunlight. Using Helioplex, Neutrogena has effectively stabilized Avobenzone and enabled it to continue exerting its powerful sunblocking effect when exposed to the sun’s harmful and aging UVA rays.

Longer Lasting Protection: Helioplex helps protect skin by chemically absorbing harmful UV photos and converting the UV energy to make Avobenzone photostable. This allows sunscreens with Helioplex to deliver high, broad-spectrum and photostable protection after 5 hours of sun exposure (simulated solar radiation).

Sunscreens with Helioplex help to shield against other sun damage beyond sunburns, including premature aging, such as fine lines, sagging skin, wrinkles and brown spots.

Although sunscreens with Helioplex provide long lasting UVA/UVB protection, all sunscreens should be reapplied after swimming, excessive perspiration, towel drying or extended sun exposure.

Dermatologists have long recognized that UVB and UVA rays promote the risk of skin cancer. Sunscreens stabilized with Helioplex effectively screen out both UVA and UVB rays during prolonged sun exposure. Sunscreens should be used in addition to wearing protective clothing and minimizing sun exposure to help minimize UV exposure.

In summary all I can really say is COVER UP!

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