A Crispy Situation

By Caileen  |  Tuesday, June 10, 2014  |  , , , , , ,  |  Leave comment

Why you should always wear sun protection…suburn relief with Calagel

I can hear her now, that little voice in the back of my head scolding me for doing something when I "should know better." Oddly, that voice sounds just like my mom's… I don't think it matters how old you get, whether you're 3, 30, or 60, your mother will always reserve the right to scold you for making silly, preventable mistakes. That little voice brings me to a recent experience, and the topic of this post! A couple of months ago my husband and I built a new house, and it wasn't long before we realized that we needed to expedite the process of fencing in our yard. Why the hurry you ask? For a furry, 4-legged little boy we refer to as "our baby" (If you saw him, you might say he is a black lab pup). Tuff (the baby), is very inquisitive and likes to wander if boundaries are not provided. Thus, the labor intensive task of fence building began.

It was an overcast May day in Western Oregon, the weather was just right for working outside. I was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt (my typical yard work attire), and after a while began to warm up, so I rolled up my sleeves.  The day pressed on; we'd dig a post hole {thank goodness for the Kubota®!}, mix the concrete, set the post, pour it in, & nail the stakes. One after another for a total of 20 posts. The day was a success and we were well on our way to fencing in the fur-baby!

It wasn't until the job was done, and we made our way inside for showers, that I realized my arms and neck were BURNT TO A CRISP! I specifically remember thinking to myself at the start of our day, "it's fairly overcast and cool, I don't need to worry about sunscreen today." STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. I've heard it more times than I can count {from my mom specifically}: even when it's cloudy, you can still get a sunburn! Where was that helpful bit of information hiding when I had that conversation with myself earlier in the day? In the deep recesses of my mind right next door to its neighbor, ignorance. I hadn't seen the sun in months, I forgot everything I knew about it? HELLLOOOOO denial.

To set the record straight, a little information about UVA/UVB rays and cloud cover from the good folks at weather.com:

"Sunlight consists of two types of harmful ultraviolet radiation: UVB, which is the main cause of sunburn and skin cancer, and UVA, which penetrates deeper into the skin, is responsible for the sun's aging effects, and may contribute to cancer. UVB is only partially blocked by clouds and fog, so you can still get burned on an overcast day. And while the amount of UVB in sunlight can vary by season, location, and time of day, UVA is always present during daylight hours. So even if your face doesn't end up looking like a lobster, you're still getting sun rays and therefore, skin damage."

My face may not have looked like a lobster (luckily, my daily facial moisturizer has SPF), but my neck and arms sure did! I had a few moments of self-pity before I pulled myself together and retrieved the Calagel from the medicine cabinet. The great thing about working for Tec Labs, is that I always have our products on hand! A few days of twice daily applications and I was on the mend.

The moral of the story here: If you're going to be outside, NO MATTER THE STATE OF THE WEATHER, sun protection is NEVER a bad idea! BUT, if you have a lapse in judgment similar to mine, be sure to have some Calagel just in case!

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