Monday, June 24, 2019


By Mary Kennedy                                       

Oh, to be young and carefree and embrace a sunny day! No worries about sun damage, skin cancer, or slathering on a sunscreen that's at least 50 spf.  That's surely one of the joys of youth.

But the sun comes with a price, and it's a pretty hefty one. The insidious thing is that the damage doesn't occur until years later. Then when you're "of  a certain age," you're hit with annoying sun spots that don't pass for cute little freckles, and dare I say it? Wrinkles. Yes, sun can destroy collagen, hasten the aging process and who wants that?

What to do when the beach beckons?  And if you're following my Talk Radio series, you know that I'm a big Florida fan and the sun and surf is always beckoning.

Here's someone who decided to bundle up. She's taking sun protection to the extreme. (maybe she's in New England and it's chilly, who knows. She'd be roasting in Florida in that getup.)

Another possibility is to take your daily beach walk at dusk.


I decided to get serious about limiting the sun on my face and bought a sun hat with a BIG visor. Only $10.00 on Amazon and it does the job.

Or you can enjoy the beach atmosphere from a balcony or shaded patio. I grab a cozy mystery, a big jug of iced tea, put my feet up and enjoy the tropical breezes from the 2nd floor balcony.  I took this photo from the balcony of the Ft. Lauderdale condo a few years ago.

Whatever you do, take care in the sun. It's magical but it can be treacherous later on in life.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer! (Yes, it's finally summer here in the northeast.)

Mary Kennedy

1 comment:

Lynda S Turpin said...

When I was a teenager, the "norm" was to lay out in the sun, slathered in baby oil - no sun screen. My mom grew up at a resort and spent all her time in the sun, and she later had battles with skin cancer. I am lucky that I have not had to deal with that. Even though we are more aware of the damage the sun can do, I still know a lot of people who spend time in the sun without protection. I spend very little time in the direct sun these days (so when I do wear shorts my legs are blindingly white), but at my age, looks are not as important as health.