I love a sunny day. It just makes me feel good. No matter where I am (running trail, backyard, even the office), I will often close my eyes, look up into the sky, and let the sun’s rays warm my face. For just a moment, I am transported back to one of my favorite places: the beach. But my beloved sunshine can be dangerous. In fact, it can be deadly.
A few years ago, back in Memphis, I listened to the mother of a melanoma victim describe her daughter’s death. She was a normal, healthy young woman. A runner. She ran all the time, but never thought to wear sunscreen. Skin cancer killed her, but her story would save others. I had the privileged to run a 5K race her family organized in her honor and have tried to vigilantly apply sunscreen to myself and my family ever since.
I just read this interesting story posted by WBUR, the NPR station in Boston. The city is installing sunscreen dispensers in parks throughout area. This is genius! We have become accustomed to seeing hand sanitizer dispensers just about everywhere in public. Why not sunscreen dispensers? I hope this becomes a trend and more cities offer this. (Hint, hint, Nashville.) It would be a wonderful service at the Disney Parks, too!
I personally wear Coppertone Clearly Sheer Faces SPF 50 on my face, neck, and even ears (I have short hair). I got a free sample at the Princess Half Marathon expo and was sold. Even though it says “for beach and pools,” it works well during workouts, too. And it doesn’t irritate my face. I also wear generic brands from Target or WalMart. Usually the “sports” versions. I alternate the SPF depending on the weather. These brands seem to work well and don’t sweat off.
Do you wear sunscreen? If not, I hope you start. If so, what are your favorite brands?