“He/She Has Such a Gorgeous Suntan!” ?

While I’m the one who often sounds like “Pollyanna”, wanting only positives to be emphasized everywhere, I’ve seen that we’re also taught that certain things are “good” and to be revered, gone after  and achieved. However, a few of those things we’ve been taught are good can harm us!  In this post I’m referring to a SUNTAN.

Once again Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics, “You’ve Got To Be Taught” (from South Pacific”), comes to mind:

“You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!”

Hammerstein is talking about being taught that things or people are bad. I’ve recently realized that we could add a stanza about being taught that things that aren’t really good for us – are good for us. A suntan is one of those things.

Believe me, I know that several people have written about and spread the word about the damaging and aging effects of the sun’s rays. I’m repeating it because if I can get the importance of this through to even one more person, writing this post will have been worth it.

We were taught that a suntan made people more beautiful. Our eyes learned to see this as true. However, the sun can “age” or, rather, damage our bodies.  Having more years under our belt isn’t a bad thing. I think it’s a good thing. However, I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to be a healthy as possible as he/she lived more years.  While a little sun and the Vitamin D it sends us is good for us – more than a little can be damaging.  I’ve read several articles stating that sun exposure is the main cause for what we’ve come to think of as normal skin aging. We don’t think of wrinkles and sunspots as beautiful – so – why do we think a suntan is beautiful? – We were taught suntans are beautiful, that’s why! I truly believe that’s why think so. It’s the same reason we think that cloudy days are dreary looking. We were taught they are.

I can’t help but marvel at the fact that so many people still think that baking in the sun is a good thing.  I certainly thought a suntan would make me prettier when I was young. I remember my mommy trying to soothe our sunburns when we got home from an afternoon on the beach at Coney Island. My sister and I would be put in the sun to look cute. My mom was taught it was pretty from her mommy. I do have to give my mom credit for putting me under a towel when the sun got very high. I’ll never forget my “sun madness”  at Cornell. Those of us living in Sage Hall  (which was built as a residence hall in 1875 and now houses The Johnson Graduate School of Management) used to go out on the huge veranda on the second story and line the floor with Reynolds Wrap. We’d put more wrap on the chairs we sat on and the more stalwart of us would lie on wrap on the floor itself! We’d smooth baby oil and iodine all over our bodies and then open our sun reflectors and bake!  We didn’t realize we were literally cooking ourselves – or if we realized it we did it anyway!

An aside: I’m quite certain that the skin color of people, who are the progeny of what we call the black “race”, who have darker skin, have darker colored skin as a result of their ancestors of long ago adapting  to various dangers to humans so humankind can go on. This danger would be living in strong sunlight. New blood types have formed when they were needed.  So skin color darkened when that was needed to. We’re all humans, whatever our skin tone.

Thankfully, I got wiser when I was pregnant and I stopped cooking my body. By the time I was thirty I’d learned to stay out of the sun almost completely. That started me on a love for wide brimmed hats. I always have sunscreen on hand. This has benefitted me. I urge you to shield yourself from the suns strong summer rays too.

My skin isn’t that wrinkled. As those of you who’ve been on my site and have seen my video for facial exercises and those of you who’ve read my book, “Find Your mini-Qs(?): Reveal the Slim, Strong, Sexy Star You Truly Are! at Age 50, 60, 70, and Beyond.”, will know –  there are things you can do to keep your skin youthful. (If you haven’t read it you can buy it on my site or email me and I’ll get one to you.)

Most important: my goal is to find whatever methods I can to help you live a long and healthy, vital life. My findings have come and continue coming from  extensive research – and then using and/or practicing what I’ve found – to keep myself healthy and youthful.  Believe me, I needed to rejuvenate when I was in my early 60s. The fact that what I’ve found has helped me so – is the reason I’m compelled to share it with you.

Today, I’ve been emphasizing the importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. I’ve read a few articles that said to avoid the suns rays between 10AM and 4PM. I suggest that you smooth a sun guard cream over your face and chest and arms and any other body part that may be exposed to the sun. Most of all, I’d love you to know that you’re a work of art. Having darker skin won’t make your work of art more or less beautiful. You are magnificent!

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Published in: on July 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. You are such talented writer Bobbie, loved the article.

    • Thank you so much Barbara. I know you “get” things quickly. Thank you for the work you do to help the city. Do watch out for the sun when you’re in the gardens. I KNOW you know to do that.

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