Once more into the fire

United States
March 17, 2008 6:15pm CST
You'd think that at 40 years of age, I'd have learned that my pasty Scottish skin cannot be subjected to direct sunlight for any length of time, yet there I was yesterday afternoon, hanging out in the park with my kids as the sun beat down on my bald napper. Needless to say, I am in a fair amount of pain today and look as though I am having a major blood pressure issue. Anyone else have problems being out in the sun and how do you combat it other than using sunscreen?
2 responses
@Fishmomma (11599)
• United States
18 Mar 08
I feel for your pain. I'm 1/2 Irish and so fair that burning is very easy for me. I wear a hat when I have to work in the sun all day. Sometimes I'll wear a bandanna to save my forehead. Hope you feel better fast.
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
18 Mar 08
Nothing beats a wetsuit for combating sunburn. Granted you have to let the snickers and snide remarks roll of your shoulders (pun intended), but it is worth it not to have a blistering, red burn! HaHa! Seriously, being a fair-skinned red-head, I have always had trouble with bad sunburns. I can blister on an overcast day! I have found that the best thing for me is a thick layer of sunscreen, complete with nasty smell and greasy feel. I also use a wide-brimmed hat. I avoid the sun like a brown recluse spider and will only be in the sun if required by an activity that can't be post-poned until a less sunny hour!