This past weekend Eric and I went to “whoOOAAAaa waterworld.” I was sure to wear sunscreen on my face, but other than that neither of us put on any SPF. We woke up the next day with some nasty lobster bods. And then this morning I came across this article and now I am REGRETTING that I didn’t put more sunscreen on. Read this and see how it makes you feel.
Here’s what unprotected sun exposure will cost you over 12 months:
You get: A few days of ruined vacation
Because: After you’ve turned yourself into a lobster, you’ll be under tighter house arrest than Martha until you heal (blisters mean you have a second-degree burn). Translation: 3 to 5 days shot to hell.
You pay: $500
You get: Salon appointment
Because: Doesn’t matter whether your hair is natural or dyed: Rays can fade it and make it brittle. Hello, color correction and deep conditioning treatment.
You pay: $200
You get: Skin-bleaching creams and retinols
Because: UV radiation causes melanin to cluster in blobs, aka age spots. And rays reduce the production of skin-firming collagen. Without these creams, you’ll look like a Saint Bernard before you can say “Keith Richards.”
You pay: $160
You get: Dermatologist visits every 4 to 6 months
Because: A history of sun damage puts you at greater risk for skin cancer — so your derm will need to inspect your hide more often.
You pay: $45
You get: Biopsies on suspicious moles
Because: Your skin will do an impersonation of Swiss cheese because any spots with atypical shape, irregular borders, uneven color, or increasing diameter will likely need to be cut out.
You pay: $250
You get: Another surgery to repair cosmetic damage
Because: Since most skin cancers develop on the face, head, and neck, you’ll want to pay a doc to hide the evidence of excavation.
You pay: $1300
You get: A beefed-up wardrobe of long-sleeved shirts
Because: As early as your 30s, sun-damaged skin will sag and lose elasticity — and no one wants to see your upper arms flapping.
You pay: $200
(Source: women’s health mag)
I am only 21 years old and I have had seven… I repeat SEVEN…. moles removed and biopsied (sp?)… and I have the scars to prove it.
Every time I’m with my nephew he asks what it is (It’s cute and so innocent when he asks).
I’m going to go bathe in some sunscreen now.