It’s the summertime! And, depending on where you live in the world, you might have a lot more sun on a daily basis then you would in other seasons.
Most of the people I know who have a naturally tanned or brown skin (including myself), do not wear sunscreen to protect themselves from the effects of UVA or UVB. I think it’s because we relate the usage of sunscreen to the prevention of sunburn, and people of color usually do not easily get a sunburn (although it IS known to happen to some). Also I guess most of us were not brought up with the idea of having to use sunscreen to protect our skin. Sunscreen however does not only protect the skin from sunburn but it might also help prevent getting skin cancer.
In my life I think I probably used sunscreen twice, which is – thinking back on it now – so foolish. Until today, I would not have even considered purchasing any sunscreen (unless traveling to a very sunny country or going to the beach to soak up some sun). Until today I write, because that’s when I watched Michelle Phan‘s YouTube very interesting and informative “ultimate guide to sunscreen” (video below).
After seeing the video and learning a bit more about UVA and UVB and the potential harmful effects it can have on your skin (even if your skin is naturally tanned or brown), I’m definitely going to be on the look out for a sunscreen that suits me best.
All this talk about sunscreen reminds me of a video by Baz Luhrman (with the voice of Lee Perry). The lyrics of the video originate from a famous essay, which was written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune. The essay shares some amazing, down to earth, funny but very good advice for life (video below).
Make sure to get yourself some sunscreen and have a wonderful summer! 🙂