Would we call that red? Let’s say “coral.”

Bad news all: I’m itchy.  But not only am I itchy, I’m also red, blotchy and peeling.  Yup – I’ve got sunburn.  And how!

There are some people in this world who can sit out in the sun for a few hours without sunscreen and not even crack a burn.  Yea, I’m not one of those people.  In fact, I’m the opposite of one of those people.  If one of those people was Friday night, I’d be Monday morning – a less fun version of the same thing.  If I sit out in the sun for a minute without an SPF of 50 or above, I look like a sun-dried tomato.

Last weekend, I went to Ocean City for my friend Kati’s bachelorette party, which meant nearly two full days of direct sunlight.  Sure I took a chemical SPF with me in my bag; but did I use it?  Of course not!  I’m Mother Nature’s Maid; I’ve put vinegar in my hair and corn starch under my arms.  You think a little zinc oxide sunscreen scares me?  I laugh in the face of danger (and alternative personal care solutions).

But I wasn’t laughing on Monday morning, when I looked in the mirror to see that my skin actually was as ablaze as it had felt all through the restless night.  I was burned to a crisp, and my skin was hotter than the hinges of hell.

I’m not quite sure what it was that made my homemade sunscreen fail this time.  After all, at my first beach outing several months ago, my MNM sunblock worked superbly well on the palest of pale skin.  But this time things weren’t quite as superb.  Perhaps it was because I spent two days in the sun, rather than just one.  Perhaps it was because I failed to reapply after swimming (I highly doubt that my brew has waterproof properties).  Perhaps it was because (gulp) my sunscreen just doesn’t work that well.

Whatever the reason, I was definitely not laughing on Monday morning and I haven’t been for the past several days either.  Sun-dried tomatoes are never funny.

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9 thoughts on “Would we call that red? Let’s say “coral.”

  1. Think that sunblock of yours needs to go the way of your homemade shampoo. Looks like you’ll be needing a few bottles of Coppertone’s Water Babies for our vacation !!!

    • I would like to do some more experimenting with this natural sunscreen on our vacation…..if only these clouds would subside 😦 I do intend to be much more vigilant with reapplying it, and I have also considered using it for a few hours (to get the benefits of the sun) and then reapplying with store-bought sunscreen to guard against the burn! TY for reading, as always!

      • Yes – that sunburn was the worst I’ve had in some time…not fun at all. But Aloe did provide welcome relief! I’m going to have to be more vigilant with reapplying my homemade sunscreen from now on, and if that doesn’t work, I suppose I’ll have to go back to store-bought! I can’t stand another burn like that!!! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. It was probably because you didn’t reapply after swimming, and even the early sunscreens always instructed to reapply after getting in the water ……… so don’t give up on it just yet. It would work very well on those days when you are doing yard work, like mulching! I have discovered another “all-natural” sunscreen that I have been using quite effectively for many years. T-shirt!

    • Yes I think that is what made the sunburn so bad. I was out all day, swimming and sweating, and I only reapplied once, I believe. A t-shirt may really be the best way to go, but I never could get next to swimming in one.

  3. Sorry for my delayed response – as we were vacationing….
    under the clouds!!
    Maybe your MNM sunscreen has to be used immediately and doesn’t have a shelf life??

    • Ahhh – this I never thought of! But it’s an interesting solution! Since I am now on vacation, I’ve been trying out the sunscreen for some time each day …. but we’ve also been blessed with many clouds, so it’s hard to tell how well it’s working now. Looks like an experiment in the making!

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