Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Summer Sunscreen Challenge!! Will you accept it?
As I alluded to in my very first entry, the weather in the Mid-Atlantic Region is finally warming up and the sun is full effect as we move closer to the Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. Which begs the question; has the Diva convinced you of the importance of sun protection yet? It's not that we need to arm ourselves only during the summer months or while at the beach. We need to do so even on a cloudy day. However, now is the time to start a healthy habit of guarding your largest organ from powerful ultra violet rays.
How many of us brush our teeth morning and night? Probably a whole bunch of us do. And why do we so? I think the main reason is that it was instilled in us at an early age. It is a healthy habit we learned not long after we cut our first baby teeth.
Well, applying sunscreen should be like that. It is a very healthy habit. Especially for those whose melanocytes (color producing cells) are less active. This means that if your skin is lighter than the color of a butterscotch candy, you are more vulnerable to photo aging and even skin cancer. And the lighter you are, the less active your cells are. If you have ivory skin, you are much more likely to burn, to get skin cancer, and to wind up with deeper and more numerous wrinkles early. No fun, huh? Well, this is why I am so passionate about people using sunscreen daily.
On to the challenge--will you agree to apply sunscreen every morning to exposed areas between May 20th and September 9th? Can you commit yourself to placing that bottle or spray or wipe next to your toothbrush and using it before you go outside? If you are already used to doing this, then this will be a snap. If not, you should at least commit to trying your very best.
Here is the Summer Sunscreen Challenge:
I commit to applying a sunscreen product of SPF 15* or higher to all exposed skin at least once each day (preferably in the morning) between May 20th and September 9th, 2012.
And I will get you started, if you're quick with your keyboards. The first 5 people to write " I accept the challenge"in the comment area below will receive a 1 oz. starter tube of Banana Boat Sport SPF30.
So there is really not much of an excuse to get on board. At least to commit to try. Your skin will thank you.
*I recommend SPF 30 or up UVA/UVB, but some of you just won't go for that...I know.
If you are informed that you are a prize winner, check my profile for an email address and email me so that we can discuss delivery.