I love sun block. It is a total lifesaver. Why? Because, unlike Mariana I do not tan. Mariana only has to look at the sun and she goes from pale to mega bronzed bambino in seconds. It is not fair. I have always been jealous of her tanning super power. I remember when we were teenagers (and foolishly ignorant of the evils of sunlight) Mariana would recommend we sit on the deck, oil our bellies and sun them. Why not, I thought. 10 minutes later Mariana was toasted a nice chocolate colour while I was still sporting a moon tan. Seriously, with the oil on top of the whiteness I really could've taken down a plane or two! I was determined to get some colour though, so while Mariana decided to add to her crispiness, I stuck it out. 10 minutes later, still nothing. Later that day I pulled off my top to jump in the shower when I was met with Pink Belly. My stomach was so burnt I couldn't sleep for days! and the shower that followed the discovery was so painful I may have cried. Mariana was fine. Bitch. From there on in I embraced my pastiness, with fake tan of course! And sunblock. Always with the sun block. As I see it, sunblock stops me from hurting. If I do not religiously apply sunblock every single time I go into the sun I will be burnt to a crisp. And if I do get burnt somehow I pay for it in dry leather look skin for weeks. Sunblock is a fantastic invention. We should all embrace it! Imagine living pre sunblock invention! How awful. People who do not use sunblock are just being ungrateful. Think of all our forefathers who died of exposure or undiagnosed skin cancer! It is just blatantly disrespectful not to use sunblock if it is available. So there!
Interesting facts on Sunblock.
- The first sunblock ever made was red. It was known as Red Veterinary Petrolatum and used by the American soldiers of the Second world war.
- In 1946 the first effective white sunblock was marketed as Glacier Cream and was the basis of the company Piz Buin. It had an SPF of 2.
- The invisible sunblock we have today is triumph of Nanotechnology. In the past sunblocks were thick and white, as the particles of the active ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide were to large and reflected the light, causing them to look white on the skin. Nowadays sunblock is an invisible barrier against the sun's evil UVs. Kind of James Bond, no?
Haine by Mariana
I hate sunblock. It feels weird on my hands. When my husband or daughter asks me to put sunblock on them, I sigh.
Why do I have to do it?
Because I can't reach my own back.
Can't you get someone else to do it?
You are the only person here with me on this isolated beach.
When I was young, I didn't have to wear sunblock because the ozone wasn't completely fucked. Those were the days.
What's in sunblock? I mean, what's really in it? Is it going to be one of those things that is killing us all without us knowing it? Are there some crazy chemicals in there disrupting our DNA or whatever? Probably.
Check out this article to freak you out.
The other annoying thing about sunblock is having to remember it.
You get all packed up for the beach - towels, surfboard, petanque, frisbee, dog, kid, water bottle.
Oh no we forgot the sunscreen!
Well we will have to go home and get it otherwise we will all DIE.
Now don't get me wrong - I wear sunblock. I'm not saying don't wear it. That would be stupid. I'm just saying I hate it. And I am allowed to hate whatever I want.
I have to go. We are going to the beach and some annoying family member wants me to sticky up my hands for them.