Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Feel The Burn

A couple of days of sunshine and this country turns into vampires that have discovered 24hr sunblock. 

What IS it with the UK that when the temperature reaches 20 degrees people decide that what they REALLY want to do is increase their risk of skin cancer by basking in the sunshine until they burn and peel?

Over this weekend there has been more burnt flesh than at the last BBQ I attended and it is really not pretty to see. If aliens invaded earth now they would call back to their planet saying, "Earth is fantastic, there are so many different colours of people here, white, brown, red......"

The first glimpse of sunshine and people just strip off. They have worn 17 layers all winter, but now? Oh now they worship the sun god Ra and must sacrifice allllllllllll their clothing to him. (and a couple of layers of skin too)

And now today, you can see people walking around, visibly flinching as their clothing rubs against their "sun tan" (burnt to a crisp) proud of themselves that they have a colour.



Now I'm not telling you that you have to be pale and interesting,
(although you can if you choose to be) 

But LET'S use some common sense here. Skin cancer is still on the rise, It is May, there is plenty of sun left, it isn't going to explode any time soon leaving us on a desolate, cold, slowly dying planet. (disclaimer, I take no responsibility for it the sun does actually explode now) pace yourself, USE SUNSCREEN, wear a hat, avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day if possible.

Then not only are you treating your skin with care and consideration and minimising your chances of skin cancer........

You won't look like a twat with sunburn either.

And I won't laugh at you or judge you harshly.

Seem fair?

Have you seen people doing this over the weekend, or have YOU experienced the burn of the sun this weekend?

Let me know

Big Fashionista x x x x



  1. I 100% agree. I was out over the weekend, sat in the shade wearing factor 50 & a hat & there was this old guy sat in direct sunlight showing off how "nicely red" he was after "only an hour".
    Seems crazy to me...particuarly when you see kids turning red because they are out without sun protection.


  2. Excellent post! I am really fair (or pale) and I am meticulous about applying suncream because I will burn to a crisp if I am outside for longer than a minute. I had a scare a few years ago and had to have a mole removed. Thankfully it was nothing serious, but it really bought it home how careful we have to be.

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

  3. Couldn't agree more all the mums at school are sporting tabs or red shoulders already and moaning when the sun goes in. It is not summer it is spring, rain is perfectly normal this time of year!! I'm pale never tan and if I did tan I'd be burnt first, no thank you! Oh and FYI men, it doesn't make you less manly because you put suncream on, it makes smart (my hubby included who feels stupid putting it on and refuses too, moron)

  4. As my father promised me, as I hit mid 20's, my hair began retreating rapidly. This has left me with a larger-than-average fod, some of which has never seen sunlight. For that reason, it's Isaac's factor 50 cream that I'll lap on. I may look like a bit of a fool with a two-tone face - but I'd rather be a protected fool than an unprotected fool (said in a 'Mr. T' voice).

    Nick @ Dinner by Dad

  5. You need sunscreen in Winter too, Irish people are shocking for getting burned. I've seen people wear it like a badge of courage, absolute idiots.

  6. I was foolish on the first day of sunshine. There was cloud when I walked out to do the school run at 8:30am. Even looked like it might rain. Of course then the sun burst out and by the time I got home at 9:45 my shoulders were an ugly pink. I now put suncream on my son and myself before the school run and again once we get there, much to the amusement of the "hardcore" parents who are proud to go a certain shade of crispy.

  7. god I agree! ive always been very careful with the sun until 2 years ago when I ended up in the doctors being bandaged up because I had blistered that badly. the thing was I had been wearing suncream! since then, im so careful, I use very high factor, stay out of the sun and in the shade or inside as much as I can.

    Catherine x

    beauty is in the eye of the beholder

  8. Completely agree, but that isn't the worse thing though. The worse thing to see is children with burnt, peeling skin - cannot believe how many irresponsible parents there are not covering up their children's skin. So sad.


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