When I was 12 years old, my parents sent me down to spend part of the summer in Southern California with my friend Karrie and her family. They’d been our neighbors before they moved, and Karrie and I were best friends.
We didn’t look anything alike; she was blonde with blue eyes, and I was this little brown girl who didn’t know a thing about sunscreen. Her family did a lot of outdoorsy things, too, like camping and going to lakes. Karrie always knew to put on sunscreen, and her mom would always offer some to me, but I never took it because I’d never been burned…until that trip to Lake Perris.
It was a blistering hot day, and we’d spent all of it out in the sun. Of course, I didn’t put on a lick of sunscreen…
I remember riding home in the car and feeling my face get really, really hot. The peeling started the very next day — all over my nose, my shoulders — it was terrible. 🙁
Now I always put on sunscreen, so lesson learned!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Some folks are making it really easy for lazy peeps to put on sunscreen, LOL! These soft Supergoop Swipes are moistened with water-resistant broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen and come 40 to a pack for $34 (OUCH!). Available at Sephora.
Not surprisingly, they have a mild sunscreen scent. The wetness from them dries fairly quickly on my skin but leaves behind a slightly sticky film, especially around my neck. Still, I like the convenience, and Tabs gives them two paws up for not being tested on animals.