Getting some vitamin D

United States
July 9, 2019 9:03pm CST
Warning: You may want to wear sunglasses when you read this post! My heritage is primarily Swedish, Norwegian, Scottish, and English. I am quite fair-skinned, so I do not tan well. I burn. Yesterday, I set an alarm for 20 minutes and allowed my legs to get some sunshine from the knees down. today, I walked for almost four miles in an overcast sky, but I felt myself getting a little bit of sun on my arms with a tank top on. I knew I was starting to burn, so then I put on SPF 50 sunscreen spray. I would like to be able to go out in the sun a little bit when I'm in Aruba, but I will be need to be very careful. Photo is my own. Let me apologize, in advance, for the glare off of my white legs!
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@RasmaSandra (29017)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
10 Jul
At the moment there is no photo. I have fair skin and I am always careful not to burn my shoulders, nose and other parts that burn quickly. I never sit in the sun I always look for shade and put on slots of sunscreen when I walk around.
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• United States
10 Jul
I think I got a little sun today that I don't normally get so I may feel it tomorrow. I'm not sure yet
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@RasmaSandra (29017)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Jul
@TheSojourner my dad was 6 foot 1 in. and he always said his nose was the closest to the sun so on vacation he would cover his nose with a leaf and his glasses kept it in place
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• United States
11 Jul
@RasmaSandra LOL I absolutely love that! He sounds like he was quite a character.
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@marguicha (122143)
• Chile
10 Jul
No photo, dear. It seems that now we have to protect us from the sun no matter how dark our skin is. It is a good idea to start tanning little by little so that pigmentation is ready for a walk in Aruba.
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• United States
10 Jul
Well I'm not going to be tanning per se but certainly am going to expose my skin to a little more Sunshine thanI usually do this time of year
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• Philippines
10 Jul
so true. we're used to the sun here since we're near the equator, but even us are noticing how harsh it is now.
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@marguicha (122143)
• Chile
10 Jul
@TheSojourner If you expose yourself to the sun, say, 10 minutes every day from now on, you will not get sunburned in Aruba.
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@wolfgirl569 (18109)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Jul
The picture didnt show. My legs are white as I am almost always in jeans. But I tan fairly easily.
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@wolfgirl569 (18109)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Jul
@TheSojourner My legs are still decent for muscle. But between the animals being brats and the flies wanting to bite it is easier to wear my jeans.
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• United States
10 Jul
@wolfgirl569 I have muscle...it is just covered up by fat and old saggy skin
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@LindaOHio (6812)
• United States
10 Jul
@wolfgirl569 You and those bratty animals!! lol
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10 Jul
I have primarily Scottish, and I'm a redhead. I always have the 100 SPF ready to go for my daughter and I. lol
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• United States
10 Jul
I didn't know they made spf100
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10 Jul
@TheSojourner It's a Neutrogena skin cream sunscreen. I have to but sensitive skin products as well, so it's with the regular skin care products and not with the regular sun screen.
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• United States
10 Jul
@scottishbarbie thank you for the recommendation
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@bunnybon7 (41414)
• Holiday, Florida
10 Jul
yes even if it is breezy you can get some burn. yrs back we were out with friends on an over cast day and still her 6 mth old baby got some burn on her arms. The doctor said the sun still carries potential burn through the wind
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• United States
10 Jul
One more of those damned if you do damned if you don't situation as! Haha
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@bunnybon7 (41414)
• Holiday, Florida
11 Jul
@TheSojourner yes it is. Seems life is all about that these days. I miss the good old days. long gone
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• United States
11 Jul
@bunnybon7 for me the good old days were far from good. I think every decade has its good moments and challenging moments. But to go back? I don't know that I would. Of course, if we knew better as we do when we are over 50 or 60 or 70, then that wisdom in a 20 year old body would it have made a difference? I don't know
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@LowRiderX (10957)
• Serbia
14 Jul
Oh, and I'm the same, and I'm burning in the sun. But this summer I will be well prepared before going to vacation
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• United States
14 Jul
That is my plan, as well!
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@LowRiderX (10957)
• Serbia
14 Jul
@TheSojourner Every day, spending some time in the sun, when it's not in zenith
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• United States
14 Jul
@LowRiderX I got sunlight today but not Direct on my skin. I sat out in the yard on a chair under a tree. So the shade protects my skin, but I still get the day light!
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@kareng (13796)
• United States
11 Jul
I just got my shorts out last month to wear here around the house. My arms, shoulders, and neck are tanned but my legs look like a ghost. Hopefully, they will get some color soon. I am normally outside a decent amount of time each day between taking care of the yard and the animals.
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• United States
12 Jul
I haven't worn shorts in a long time. Maybe I should get some. But I like capri pants
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@kareng (13796)
• United States
13 Jul
@TheSojourner I like capris too but since I am so short they are like ankle length for me.
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• United States
14 Jul
@kareng and I have had pants that I roll up to Capri's because I am right at 5 9 and 1/2 some pants are short on me so I roll them up and they're perfect for capris!
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• United States
10 Jul
dang, those aint white! ya ought'a see mine, ya could use 'em 's reflective signals to warn off folks 'f danger, lol. the 'nly 'color' i'd 've 'd all the road maps that lead to nowhere. ya know, varicose veins?? yup, i've ol' lady legs :(
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• United States
10 Jul
I used a filter to get greener looking grass on camera, and it showed a little bit more color than is actually there. I actually have one varicose vein I see coming up in the back of my calf. And I don't show above my knees. It's not a pretty sight.
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• United States
10 Jul
@TheSojourner ah, i see :) i wish i'd jest one. lots 'f swellin' came with the cipro toxicity 'n i've roadmaps all o'er. my ankles 're mostly purple/red. 'tis good i aint a vain person...
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• United States
10 Jul
@crazyhorseladycx I'm not really vain, but I certainly want to be presentable.
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@Hannihar (66127)
10 Jul
@TheSojourner What happens when you put sun tan lotion on first and then go in the sun? I am sorry you do not tan. I have been tanning since I was very young. I look forward to summer so I can sit in the sun and get a tan.
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• United States
10 Jul
yesterday I went out walking. I had a tank top on and it was an overcast day. I put SPF 50 all over my arms and my chest and my back that was exposed in my neck and ears my shoulders and my back and the front of me are a little bit sunburned. I was out for 60 minutes yesterday in the daytime
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@Hannihar (66127)
11 Jul
@TheSojourner I have found that one can get a tan or sunburn when the weather is overcast. You did right by putting all that on.
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• United States
11 Jul
@Hannihar thanks
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jul
I am the same way....I don't tan very well either. I burn so easily!
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• United States
10 Jul
I think that it gets worse as we get older. I know that I spent more time in the sun when I was a child, and with a little bit Browner. Now I just don't get that way on my legs.
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• Rupert, Idaho
10 Jul
@TheSojourner That could be....I think I always burned pretty badly though myself, no matter the age!
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• United States
10 Jul
@MommyOfEli2013 I just remember being everyday in the pool in California swimming and my legs were much tanner than they are now.
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@JustBhem (56143)
• Davao, Philippines
10 Jul
And are you getting the tan you like?
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• United States
10 Jul
I don't like being tan. However, because I'm going to be in the Caribbean, I need to get my skin a little used to being more exposed. I have never been one to sit in the Sun. I burn too easily.
@JustBhem (56143)
• Davao, Philippines
10 Jul
@TheSojourner I see, just not much of color then.
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• United States
10 Jul
@JustBhem no, you can tell by my photograph of how fair I am.
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@LindaOHio (6812)
• United States
10 Jul
Pile on the sunscreen in Aruba if your skin is so white!
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• United States
10 Jul
I am going to see if I can find SPF 100. Yesterday I used SPF 50 and still got a little burnt. But I was in the Sun for about an hour with a tank top on while I was walking.
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@LindaOHio (6812)
• United States
10 Jul
@TheSojourner You got burnt with SPF 50? Wow! Yes, get something stronger.
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• United States
10 Jul
@LindaOHio well I'm not sure how sunscreen works. And yes I got burnt with SPF 50. But I was out in the height of the daytime even with cloud cover, and was out for 60 minutes walking the trails
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@ShifaLk (15973)
• India
14 Jul
Hehe... I have put on glasses for this post.
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• United States
14 Jul
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@ShifaLk (15973)
• India
14 Jul
@TheSojourner I have read the whole post now
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@velvet53 (19578)
• Palisade, Colorado
11 Jul
I put my sun glasses on as soon as you mentioned it. Lol I tan pretty easily. Actually I get the reddish tan. Be careful that you don't burn bad.
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• United States
11 Jul
I am going to do my best!
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@velvet53 (19578)
• Palisade, Colorado
11 Jul
@TheSojourner I bet you will be just fine. Go slow and easy.
@CarolDM (32754)
• United States
10 Jul
Just be careful but you know that already. I burn easily as well.
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• United States
10 Jul
Thank you! I need to be careful. Yesterday, I didn't burn on my legs, because they were not exposed, but I had a tank top on and used SPF 50, and I still burned with having 60 Minutes walking 3 miles in an overcast area. I'm going to go look for SPF 100.
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@CarolDM (32754)
• United States
10 Jul
@TheSojourner That sounds like a good idea. You can never be too careful.
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@LadyDuck (230435)
• Switzerland
10 Jul
The color of my skin is like yours, I burn I do not tan. The only places I visited where I tanned were St.Maarten and Puerto Rico, I also got two bad sunburns in both places.
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• United States
10 Jul
Will try to toughen up a little
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@LadyDuck (230435)
• Switzerland
11 Jul
@TheSojourner Good luck, I hope it will work for you.
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@Janet357 (19177)
10 Jul
white skinned people are prone to skin cancer. thats why i always bring umbrella or i dont expose myself too much to the sun
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• United States
10 Jul
Which is why I like it when it's a little rainy, and I don't go outdoors in heavy Sun.
@Janet357 (19177)
10 Jul
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@responsiveme (23357)
• India
12 Jul
The grass is too wet onmylawn to do this.....In any case here we do the opposite of getting a tan. Always an umbrella is the golden rule not to get burnt...I keeping losing lots of them.So I don't stick to that rule all the time.
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• United States
12 Jul
I remember as a little girl that I found it was odd that people who were very white wanted to be darker. People who are darker wanted to be lighter. Of course, I understand the difference as I'm older, based on how people were treated. in those days, with the African-American community, the lighter-skinned people we're treated better than the darker-skinned people. Much later after I was gone on my own, I remember seeing my father on television, and he had an afro hairstyle using permanent rods and chemicals and he had been tanning. He looked like he was mixed race. I thought that very interesting, given how he talked about people of color.
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@Gillygirl (32878)
• Sutton, England
10 Jul
You are like me, I can't go out in the sun without factor 50. Your heritage is interesting. I am waiting for my resultd from Ancestry.com
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• United States
10 Jul
I think I would like to see the very fine-tuned results. I may do the test. The one my brother did a number of years ago was good, but I think it's even got more information in today's world.
• Calgary, Alberta
10 Jul
I miss the sun, The warmest temperature I have now is 16 degrees. Be proud of your white legs, Southeast Asians bathe in papaya soap to have that.
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• United States
10 Jul
Where are you? That sounds like here in Seattle area. Papaya soap. Interesting.