Happy Monday guys! Another week of possibilities is at our finger tips! I spent a lot of time in the kitchen again this weekend! I have become more addicted to cooking and experimenting than ever. But I am also stock piling recipes to have for the blog when I start school at the end of August and won't really have time to be getting to creative. Planning ahead is always best 😉 I would have Instagramed some of the things I was creating, but most of us were affected by the "Instagram Debacle of July 20th, 2014". That app was down all morning! It was so frustrating, haha!
I'm nixing the #PowerMonday link-up since no one has really been link-up. Kinda defeats the whole purpose. But don't worry, I'm keeping Power Monday going strong on my end. I thought today would be a good day to give you all a little reminder on keeping safe this summer. That is keeping sun safe.
Sometimes we forget that being out in the beautiful summer sun can be extremely harmful to us if we don't stay protected. So many times I see people with terrible sun burn and they pretty much laugh it off and shake their heads at themselves, yet they do it again and again. That is not okay. Repeated sun exposure that results in sun burn is not only harmful, but also deadly. Skin Cancer is no joke and is the most common form of cancer in the US. There are 3 forms. Basal cell and squamous cell are highly curable, but can still be detrimental. Melanoma is the third and most deadly form. UV rays from the sun are radiation that can be absorbed through the skin. Invisible, but can be deadly.
Some people are even more at risk than others. Those with light skin, history of skin cancer, high/repeated exposure, those with blue or green eyes, blonde or red hair are more likely to get burns and need to be extra vigilant. So what can we do to prevent the harmful effects of the sun while still being able to enjoy the outdoors?
I don't sit out and tan very often, nor have I been outside for long amounts of time yet this summer. I am still guilty though of not putting on lotion when I sit out on the deck to read a book. Even though I'm not getting burned, I am still absorbing bad radiation. When I do go to the beach or am out for long periods of time, I burn! So I have to make sure I use lotion especially on my shoulders, face, and even scalp. I started wearing a big floppy hat to the beach since my scalp burns no matter what, even with special scalp and head sun tan lotion. My mom and brother tan so easily, but me, not so much. I have much lighter skin and blue eyes. Plus my hair is so thin that my scalp just is not protected enough by my hair. But I don't mind not being tan. When your tan, it's actually your body's defense response to the sun's UV radiation, meaning your getting some damage even though you aren't burning.
I also find that when I'm out in the sun for awhile, I get a major headache. That's one of the reasons I don't really like going to the beach to often. First of all it's boring (unless it is a tropical paradise), second, I always feel like crap after. But I've learned that if I drink gallons and gallons of water and sit in an air conditioned room, I tend to be okay in a few hours. But truly, I love the sun, hence the name "Strength and Sunshine"! It provides us with the beautiful light and warmth that I crave all year (especially in the Winter!)
So tell me:
+ Do you always wear sunscreen when you go out, even if it is just for a few minutes?
+ Do you burn easily or are you one of those easier tanners?
+ Do you get a headache when your out in the sun and heat to long?
Sources: www.CDC.gov www.greatist.com
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