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ALOHA FRIDAY #3 !!! April 17, 2009

Filed under: Aloha Friday,Health,Summer — everydaywomanusa @ 9:11 am
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It’s Friday again already, so that means it’s time for . . .

I just LOVE what Kailani  is doing over at An Island Life with “Aloha Friday.”

In Hawaii, she says, “Aloha Friday is the day when we take it easy and look forward to the weekend.  So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.”

I can’t really say that Friday is any less frantic than any other day of the week here, but I like the idea.  Wouldn’t you love to be on “island time?”

I’m participating in Kailani’s  Aloha Friday and I thought I’d bring a bit of the islands to Everydaywoman.  I’ll be posting a simple question to stir up a little conversation before the weekend.  If you’d like to participate, please respond to the question in a comment, and feel free to post your own question on your blog and leave your link below.  Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My “Aloha Friday” question this week is: 


I know that this seems like a simple, innocuous question, but coming from a sun-lover, ok, pretty much a sun-worshiper, I’ve recently changed my answer to this one!

I must admit when my kids were growing up, I’d slather the sunscreen on them and then let myself bake poolside while  they played (and I weeded the flower gardens, vacuumed the pool, etc.) to golden perfection.  It always made me feel healthier, happier, browner.  Then, just recently, in the harsh paleness of winter I was forced to undergo some pretty ugly skin treatments for pre-cancer (which involved using a chemotherapy cream to BURN the skin off my forehead, creating UGLY scabs and lesions……ugh!)  According to my doc, I now have a new lease on life and MUST use sunscreen, hats, covering, etc., etc.  I know I’ve been in denial for a long time, but as hard as I know it’ll be, I’ll cover up this summer . . . and YES, use sunscreen.  (I know those wrinkles came from overexposure, too, and fortunately there are now some pretty decent bronzers so I won’t have to feel sickly pale.)







15 Responses to “ALOHA FRIDAY #3 !!!”

  1. I should have used it yesterday… My shins got burned when I was sitting on my porch reading. I’ll be sure to use it when we go rollerblading today!!!

  2. My son and I have fair skin so yes, we put on sunscreen before heading out into the sun. 🙂 He also loooooooooooves wearing hats.

  3. I never used to use it when I was a teen & my skin is paying for it now. I grew up in Virginia Beach, so I hit the beach LOTS. Now, I use SPF50+ on my face and at least a SPF15 on my body. I’m also really careful with my daughters skin. It’s tough b/c I LOVE that golden tan, but I’ve discovered tanning creams and spray tans that work just as well without the risk!

  4. Jennifer Says:

    Absolutely! What the sun does on a cellular level should make all want to either avoid the sun or wear sunscreen.

  5. I ALWAYS use sunscreen. I’m pretty pale, but Italian so I don’t really burn .. I just don’t want skin cancer so it’s something I always make sure to do.

  6. On my face. The rest of me, not as often as I should. Thankfully I don’t get too much sun.

  7. Louise Says:

    not as much as I should

  8. Janet F Says:

    I have used sunscreen everyday year round for years and for my age I love my skin and I always get complimented. Some people do not realize how important it is to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.

  9. Cloudhands Says:

    Never, but then I have taken a medicine with the side effect of a skin reaction to the sun that caused my exposed skin to be covered with little bumps. Not pretty. That was years ago and I don’t take that mdeicine anymore, but with the horror of it all in mind I tend to wear light weight long sleeves and long pants when I garden. Oh, also my Dad’s old garden hat when I remember it.
    I also pretend that an ivory complextion shouts gentility and old world charm.

  10. Jena Says:

    I’m pretty good about this. I almost always remember to wear it when I’m going to be out all day, like when we bale hay. I make hubby wear it on his ears and upper arms too because even when he is tanned he’ll still get sore from sunburn. I use it on the areas prone to burning (arms, face, shoulders, thighs). I am guilty of going to the beach and letting myself cook for a few hours but I at least cover my face.

    I’ve gotten in the habit of wearing a light makeup, like Bare Minerals or a knock off, that has at least SPF 15 right in it. Plus I have a moisturizer with SPF 15 for days I don’t wear the makeup. It is super lightweight and comfortable to wear. If you haven’t tried that makeup I would highly recommend it, it is the only kind I can stand because you don’t even feel it on.

  11. Harriet Says:

    I have every lotion that I put on my body with an SPF in it.
    Thank goodness 🙂

  12. Sues2u2 Says:

    I have a daughter who has an auto immune disease of the skin called vitiligo. Because of our need to protect her we are all becoming much more pro-active about it.

    Did you know that if you use a 35 sunblock you are almost 90% covered as long as you use about a shot glass full of sunblock w/ something like helioplex that is a uva/uvb protectant? Also you can absorb vitamin D through a supplement versus going unprotected in the sun.

  13. Kayla Says:

    I have moisturizer that has sunscreen in it, so I’m always wearing that. I KNOW I should be wearing it a lot more, but I admit, I really don’t unless I start to burn.

    But health issues aside (my uncle died of melonoma a few years ago, and because of that my mom and dad NEVER let me go to a tanning bed…thank God!) I would love to remain wrinkle-free as long as possible.

  14. Tara Says:

    hmm not like I should..but then again I am very careful about being out in the sun. I am sooo white lol I used to be pretty tan as a kid..but then I realized how scary it could be and how damaging it is to your skin. I do forget to wear suncreen most of the time though.

  15. Thanks to EVERYONE for your kind comments. What I went through lately was an eye-opener, but it sounds like a lot of you out there are already SMART about the sun!

    Happy Summer!

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