One of the first things my paediatrician said to me about my son was to be careful with the sun exposure because his skin is so pale (and this is from a doctor that shrugs off most of my concerns). I looked at this new little baby and realized that although it’s hard to prevent every bump and bruise, a burn is entirely my fault. As a result I am super vigilant with the sun protection, hats and extended exposure. I think most people are pretty careful. You don’t see too many tanned kids these days.
All this has made me question my own sun-status. I used to sit and tan in the sun, but to me that almost seems like smoking cigarettes. We know it’s bad for us and it’s easy to prevent. I really don’t think I could take a sun holiday where all I did was sit and suntan all day long (and that would probably bore me to death anyways). But what about incidental exposure? I don’t want to be a pale polar bear all summer long. As a result, I’ve decided that a little tan is OK but I still use sunscreen on my face, and if I’m heading outside for a long time, my body.
The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation has a few sobering facts including that 1 in 6 of people born in 1990 will get skin cancer, and there are more new cases of skin cancer every year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.
2015’s Best Self-Tanners according to Vogue
We stock up on this sunscreen for the kids.
Do you tan anymore? Would you go on a holiday and sit in the sun all day long? Am I being paranoid? What do you think about sun exposure, I’d love to hear your thoughts!