Exercise · Skin care

Sunscreen plus the hat!

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Do you have a go to sunscreen?  My favorite sunscreen has not been available for the last few summers and I continue to seek out the perfect sunscreen.  I’m fanatical about applying sunscreen.  My Dad was the quintessential southern outdoor guy – hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, gardening – you get the idea.  He also had several skin cancers removed when I was a teen.  From that point on, hats and fifty sunscreen with titanium dioxide became the routine.

I’m no expert on sunscreen and know next to nothing about what makes one better than the other.  The titanium dioxide was a recommendation for my Dad from his doctor.  I am also prone to what my Mom calls sun poising – little bumps around my knees and on my hands after prolonged time in the sun.  Given my love for the beach, pool, and tennis court, prolonged time in the sun was a given for me in the summers.  I quickly discovered there were some sunscreens that seemed to exacerbate this condition.  I also tend to like a product specifically designed for the face for my face.  This means I typically purchase a 30 and 50 for the face and a 30 and a 50 for the rest of me.  I also like a spray rather than a lotion.  With this in mind, I recently went shopping at Blue Mercury.  I opted for two old but goodies, and two new to try.

For the new – Moroccan Oil 50 – This one is a spray lotion.  It sprays out but you have to rub it in.  I like it but it is much more lotion than spray.  The other new is Soleil.  I purchased the spray version in 50 and a lotion version in 30.  I love the spray.  It has great coverage and stays after swimming.  The downside is that I went through a bottle a day on the beach.  That is a bit pricy given how much sunscreen I go through.

The tried but true include Coola and Supergoop.  I love the Coola spray.  The face lotion and lip balm also get a thumbs up from me.  Supergoop (no TD) is another go to from last summer but I’ve only tried the lotion version.  I just picked up a spray mousse version that has strong possibilities.  So, what is your favorite sunscreen?

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Whatever else, remember the sunscreen and the hat! Protect yourself!

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Exercise

Exercise

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Growing up my mother put me in ballet class at the tender age of four.  I loved that class.  It was a combination of ballet and tap and I could not wait until the next class.  I still have my first pair of ballet shoes.  From the age of four until thirteen, every week I danced and loved it, until I didn’t.  Do you have those regrets when you look back at things you did when you were a child?  I do.  When I look back I see a pattern of start and stop.   I rode horses and played tennis,  and danced, until I didn’t.  For a while it seems I was always moving on to the next thing until I circled back to an old favorite.

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Ballet and tennis somehow persisted through my start and stop pattern.  Riding tried to but there was the question of access to a horse which became a slightly more difficult question, but I digress.  I always seem to find my way back to ballet and tennis, albeit in slightly different form.  In college it was in the form of required physical education classes.  I served and danced my way through my required classes in absolute enjoyment feeling like I’d found an old friend. As an adult it is USTA and tennis leagues and tons of doubles matches and/or Pilates, barre, and yoga.  I guess old habits die hard as I continue to find enjoyment in the same plies I do at my barre today as I did at four.

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Is it the patterns we become accustomed to as a child that provide comfort as an adult?  I don’t know the answer to that question.  I do know, however, I have a barre in my house.  There are times when it gets used daily and then there are periods when it use sits there until, well, until it is needed again.