By Carlie Connolly
Being a redhead and very susceptible to the sun, let me tell you, it can be a tough life. I am noticing that Alberta is a lot like Florida when it comes to the heat and humidity. Where is the light breeze? I noticed this heat when I wore capris and a t-shirt; no wonder people wear short shorts and a tank top! I was at the Cypress County Field Day and could barely stand still out there. I used my notepad as a fan to keep the breeze going and even that didn’t help. The shirt I had had a little slit in the back as part of the style and I got home realizing I had a red moon type shape where the hole was. Way to go Carlie!
The worst part of the heat in my opinion is the burns, especially to fair skinned people like me. That’s right, all you redheads or people with freckles, this goes out to you. In those hot summer months, we all like to go out for a nice swim, maybe hit up Elk Water and lay on the beach to get our tan on or in my case, a few freckles here and there. What some people think is, ‘maybe I’ll leave the sunscreen off so I can get a tan’ or ‘I’m too lazy to put sunscreen on.’ That used to be me until I went to summer camp and got a burn so bad it started bubbling on my shoulder and showers were the most painfully dreaded activity for a week afterward. What I do and recommend to those going out in the sun is a sunscreen spray. Not only is this easier to apply but it smells good too! Apply it 30 minutes before going out and keep applying it throughout and you will be good to go.
A lot of people just think to drink lots of water when it’s hot out or stay indoors, but skin protection is just as important. Some of the harmful effects of the sun are of course sunburns but also eye damage, premature wrinkling and immune system suppression and disease. The most obvious sun damage is skin cancer with melanoma being the most dangerous form.
Fun in the sun can be done but let me tell you, spraying on that sunscreen is a real lifesaver especially if you don’t want to feel the pain of burns for a week afterwards. It takes 30 seconds to protect yourself from burns and potentially life threatening cancer.
Stay safe and spray away!