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Good day sunshine

Tan or fair, don't forget the SPF!

Jenn Scott June 6th, 2012

When I was but a wee lass, my mom told me a sweet, little, white lie.

She said my freckles were kisses from the sun and that one day, if I wore my sunscreen regularly, they might grow together to form a tan (keyword in this scenario being “might”).

Imagine my excitement as an impressionable, fair-skinned girl surrounded by my tan-able friends, holding onto the dream that I, too, would someday sport the coveted Coppertone tan line.

The years rolled on tan-less. It probably took me longer than it should have to realize that Mom was just trying to be inventive with ways to inspire me to slather on the SPF. Maybe I was naïve, or maybe I just wasn’t ready to accept the reality of my natural hue.

I tried getting a tan during a brief jaunt in high school. That ended in a burn, a peel and a scolding from my mother. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that my ivory-dappled skin was going to stay snow-white.

I reached a point where I realized it’s OK to be exactly who you are. Moreover, health is of utmost importance, and shielding your skin from the harmful rays of the sun should be a pressing issue.

So, what works to guard against those harmful UVBs and UVAs?

Sunscreen, that’s what! Stop into The MakeUp Bar (7646 N. Western; 810-1226) and check out some of its new summer colors. Pick up some B. Kamins Sunbar SPF 48 for days you’ll be in direct sunlight. You should still wear sunscreen every day, so if it’s not already part of your regimen, consider Priori Coffeeberry Natural Daily Protections, at SPF 25.

If you already happen to be grocery shopping in Edmond at Sunflower Farmers Market (24 E. Second; 341- 5727), don’t miss out on the Badger brand of sunscreens and other skin care products — all-natural and family-owned, leading to a stellar and unique product. The SPF 30+ lightly scented sunscreen will keep you free of burn. Take care of your lips, too, with Badger’s after-sun balm.

If you already got a burn, pick up the Jackie Oates Calming for Sensitive Skin at Lush (1901 Northwest Expressway; 840-7861). It’s specifically designed with pale-skinned beauties in mind, and made with oats and honey.

While you’re at it, the Breath of Fresh Air Soothing Seawater Spray will ease the pain on an elements-wearied face with hints of aloe vera and rose absolute.

I still have my freckles, and I still consider them kisses from the sun.

However, I no longer labor under the delusion that one day they will band together and grant me a tan.

Maybe you are naturally tan or at least have the pigment to do so; maybe you’re pale like me. Either way, make sure you wear sunscreen daily, especially during the intense summer heat.

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