I am notorious for not putting on very much sunscreen. Or skipping it altogether. Or putting it on haphazardly, in a random pattern that looks like I have some dread disease. Phil gets so irritated with me over this issue.
As a kid, I can’t really remember ever wearing sunscreen. I always got very dark in the summer, and my girls have definitely inherited my coloring. A few trips to the pool, and they’re already sporting dark tan lines from their bathing suits. Davis, on the other hand, got his Daddy’s fair skin and will burn to a crisp under the hot Texas sun, unless we faithfully reapply every 2 hours.
I am, of course, vigilant about putting sunscreen on my kids. Sometimes I think I just get sidetracked when it comes to being vigilant about my own sunscreen. After making sure I get the 3 noses, 6 cheeks, 6 ears, 3 foreheads, 3 necks, 6 shoulders, 3 backs, 6 arms, etc. of my kids, I’m just plumb tuckered out. I halfheartedly swipe SPF 50 on my own shoulders, and am just getting ready to apply more when I am called to duty at the pool… “Mom, where are my goggles? Mommy, I think I forgot my towel! Mommy, I have to go potty!”
So, as a result, over the course of my 37 years, I have sunburned almost every conceivable part of my body. And I can tell you that a sunburn on the backs of the legs is horrible, but one of the worst is a sunburn on the tops of your feet. You can’t even wear flip-flops (my own personal brand of nightmare!). And laying out slathered in baby oil is NOT a good idea, teenage girls! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve made the journey from ‘lobster’ to a skin-peeling ‘lizard’.
But even this is a new one to me… my bottom lip is sunburned. I didn’t even really know that lips could sunburn. But we were out at the lake yesterday, floating in the water for hours, and while I have a little bit of a burn on my nose, the brim of my hat must have shaded most of my face. Except, that is, my bottom lip.
Those of you that know me know that I have a… um… ‘generous’ bottom lip. Don’t get me wrong… I have always liked my lips. I’ve never had to worry about lipliners or ‘lip plumpers’, or buying expensive lipsticks whose sole selling tagline was that it would make my lips look fuller. But did you know that when your lips sunburn, they get swollen? And the only lip balm I can find right now is glossy.
Wow. Nothing like a big, fat... slightly painful (albeit glossy as hell) lip to start my day.
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