What Exactly Is A Sunburn?

Here’s another really Good Question. What exactly is a sunburn? Do you get sunburned? Do you use sunscreen? Do you know anyone who’s had skin cancer? Do you worship the sun anymore or did you ever? Do you get tan after a burn or don’t you tan?

Just what are your tanning or sun worshiping habits? I used to lay out on a reflecting blanket when I was a kid and would slather myself with oil. I hope those days are gone. It’s just to dangerous now.

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10 Responses to What Exactly Is A Sunburn?

  1. Laura says:

    Now THAT was the most sensible thing I’ve read on the topic in a very, very long time. Probably ever. The fact that it supports what I’ve always thought is beside the point. But it makes complete and utter sense.

    Yes, I use sunscreen. I slather on the SPF 15. The highest I’ll go is 30, and I don’t ‘go crazy’ with it. I generally put it on once. Maybe I’ll reapply if we’re outside for a full day, or in the water a lot. But I’ve always had very “good tanning” skin. I rarely have a burn that peels, unless it’s the first one of the year and I’m caught off guard. My skin, Steve’s skin, and consequently, Josh’s skin, all get very, very brown.

    Both of my parents have had small patches of skin cancer removed, but they were also in their 60’s or 70’s when it happened. And they grew up not even knowing what UV rays were. Sunscreen didn’t really even enter their lives until about their 50’s or 60’s. Knowing that, I’m not real worried about getting skin cancer. I respect it, and take sensible precautions, but I also don’t fear the sun. It is still one of the best sources of Vitamin D, and nothing can cure a depression faster than a good dose of sunlight. At least for me.

  2. Jenny says:

    I burn easily! So I usually wear a spf 50, and I also have 100. Bought that one when we went to SC. I have very fair skin so I burn super fast. I do have a little color on my arms and shoulders from being at the pool so much.

  3. Jason says:

    Very rarely do I get burned and it lasts for more than the day of. I know a couple of people that I work with that have had some spots removed that were cancerous.

  4. SKL says:

    I can’t think of anybody I know personally who had skin cancer.

    Personally, I have never been a “sun worshiper.” I would never just lie out in the sun, but I played in it all day as a kid, with no serious burns. Usually I get one relatively mild burn (if any) on the first really sunny day, and then my tan is sufficient to protect me. The exception is when I’ve been traveling and out in beating sun all day. I have learned to bring sunscreen on trips, and I always know at the end of such a day which spots I missed when applying it. But I don’t normally use sunscreen.

    My brother has fairer skin and he used to burn and blister pretty easily. He learned to always wear a t-shirt in the sun. He also likes to wear a hat with a visor.

    My kids have nice brown skin, so I let them play in the sun without sunscreen. When they were younger, I’d put sunscreen on their faces and cover their shoulders for long days outdoors, but not for everyday.

  5. Ellen says:

    I have a fair skin, so I use sunscreen all the time. Mostly 30 SPF. Even if the skin is dark, it still can get a sunburn, so I’ve heard from friends who have a real dark skin. Sunscreen apparently is necessary as soon as you are outside.

  6. Joy says:

    I’m very dark complected so I get tan in minutes. I hardly ever burn and if I do, it’s just for that day normally. Both of my parents tan easily too and we all have that reddish brown skin. Jason doesn’t really get brown and he burns easily but Toby has Paul’s and my skin and he gets very dark too.

    Paul got skin cancer 3 years ago and it was pretty scary. He now wears a hat and or sunscreen. He had a bunch of spots and one spot on his face that had to be surgically removed. The other spots were able to be treated with a cream and lots of going back to the doctor.

    I can honestly say that I never use sunscreen. I’d rather just stay out of the sun than to put that on. I also have to admit that I love to be tan. I’ve just now let myself tan slowly. I don’t use oil or lay in the sun but when I’m out and about, I don’t put sunscreen on. A big part of me thinks the makers of sunscreen have really stumbled on a way to make some big bucks. I really don’t feel you need to put it on all the time. If you know you’ll be out all day in the full sun that’s one thing but I do think getting some good old vitamin D never hurt anyone.

  7. Phyllis says:

    Even when I was a kid I wasn’t a sun-worshiper…. I can’t think of anything I dislike more than just lying around doing nothing trying to get a tan. I tan naturally, and rarely get burned even without sunscreen. The foundation I use on my face is SPF 15, and I always wear it for the simple reason that without it my face becomes one big freckle! When we did Disney world I did wear a sunblock since we would be out in it alllllll day. My daughter and the 17 yr old gd have skin like mine and tan easily. The rest of my family has very fair skin (we’re Irish) and burn very, very easily so the SPF for them is 50 and they wear it whenever they’re outside.

    Both my mom and aunt had multiple spots of skin cancer removed due to the fact that sunblock wasn’t even around when they were younger.

    I love the sunshine, but am only outside when I’m actually doing something. The blinds in all my rooms are always open from the top to let the sunshine in!

  8. Nikki says:

    I don’t use sunscreen unless I know I’ll be sitting in the direct sun for a long period of time. I do burn, and it doens’t feel good. My daily face moisturizer has a 15 SPF in it, so I do have that on almost every day. I do like to have color, but I think being really dark looks gross, especially if that color came from a tanning bed. You can tell the difference, I think a nice healthy color is good. I used to tan in a bed, and I vowed to never do that again. I don’t lie out to tan either anymore. I get color just from my every day exposure to the sun, in healthy doses.

    Bailey, I put sunscreen on him if he’s going to be out for a long period of time. He burns easily like Jason and I do. I don’t go crazy though. He has nice tan line, and a very white butt! LOL

  9. Karen Joy says:

    I actually love to have a bit of a tan.I think I look healthier and I feel so much better emotionally to be in the sun for a bit.If I go to the beach and know Ill be out in the sun all day Ill use sunscreen but other wise I dont use it. Interestingly I just caught a blurp on our news about how now they believe sunscreen(or something in it)actually is dangerous.Not sure if they said it caused cancer but something.I missed the actually full story but I just had to laugh.”they” can never make up their mind if something is good for you or not.I will burn in the beginning of summer but tend to have a nice golden tan color and wont burn then.

  10. rastelly says:

    I just came back form a stint in destin florida with a tomato head and a pair of matching gloves. Sunscreen is important when I am swimming but I’m often impatient to enter the water – otherwise
    I wear a hat, and never burn much – as I love the shade. There is something about swimming with
    real fish for the first time, and getting lost in deep water, that makes me forget about sun burning.
    I also learned about sand burning – I got those when things unexpectedly got shallow again. Hope
    everyone had a great summer.

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