Sunday, May 23, 2010


I don't sit in the sun at the beach, I don't hit the tanning beds, I don't intentionally fry my skin trying to transform it into something it will never be. I don't aspire to have skin that looks like wrinkled leather so I avoid the damaging rays of the sun as much as possible. I learned my lesson years ago, I didn't inherit that beautiful dark olive skin that tans from my Italian ancestors. I don't tan, I burn.

I'll confess I used to sit on Revere beach when I was a teen and lather my body up in baby oil and bain de soleil but I'm older and (usually) wiser now. I'm not the least bit tempted to get a tan just because everyone else is obsessed with having dark skin and is delusional enough to believe damaging their skin makes them look healthier.

I am so mad at myself for burning my skin to a crisp at the Biggest Loser Season 10 Step Challenge the other day. I can't remember the last time I got a sunburn, it must have been at least 20 years ago when our boat died out on Lake Champlain and we were stuck out on the water for hours before getting towed in.

I'm always lathering up with sunscreen and I didn't forget to do it last Friday but there's a reason the directions say you MUST reapply. After sweating it all off during Jillian's Kick Ass Warm Up in the morning, I stayed out in the sun for hours talking to everyone without reapplying. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid! Lesson learned the hard way.

I'm still feeling the burn ...


  1. Hi MB. I have been caught out this year by applying factor 50 from a previous year. It was only performing at about factor 25 and I realised too late. Damage was only slight luckily.

    Over the course of a year to 18 months the stuff in the tube becomes less effective and loses 1/2 its factor rating. So last years factor 50 is this years factor 25.

    Hope your skin is much better by now.

    Bearfriend xx

  2. but did you ever put iodine in your baby oil? that was the big thing when I was a sun worshiper. i'm not sure what the iodine was supposed to do. Stain my fair skin, perhaps? Thanks for visiting four jugs... good luck on your journey. I admire your courage to journal about your experiences. You can do it!

  3. Ouch!
    so sorry you got burnt.... I know the feeling, not that I burn very often... usually I just go brown.


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