Protect Yourself
by Brittanyf on April 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM EST

Summer is approaching, and it’s time to soak up some sunshine.  First things first though, PUT ON SUNSCREEN! It is very important for yourself and definitely for your kids. I know as a child and especially as an African American child, I NEVER thought about putting on sunscreen. I always said I don’t have to worry about getting sun burnt because I’m black. WRONG! Now that I know better, I do better.

The inspirations for my latest articles have been work. I was at the lake doing a shoot and there were two little boys playing football. They were so tiny and pale. The boy’s mom, in the front, yelled for him to come put on sunscreen, but he told her he was trying to tan. I laughed and finally his mom came and put it on him anyways.

We have to teach our children young. If you can, try to avoid the hottest part of the day. Most of the time you cant, but remember to apply sunscreen. Even reapply, if you have too. If you are anything like me, I’m always looking for a tree and carrying a hat with me. Do NOT apply sunscreen to babies 6 months and younger. Waterproof sunscreen is important if you are going to be in the water. I will never forget the first time I went to buy sunscreen. I was confused about the numbers and what everything meant. I promise there were 50 different kinds of sunscreen and they we all expensive. But it is worth every penny for your protection.

We often remember the common areas like our arms and legs, but you can’t forget your neck, ears, back, feet, etc. The sun will definitely find those areas you forgot. Enjoy the sun, and have fun!

 

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