I don’t believe in “base tans,” but now I have one.

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on June 6, 2011

in Being Mom,Family,Floridiots,Kiddos

I’ve decided to reverse my stance on being Judgy McJudgypants about people and kids who have sunburns. Living in Florida for my whole life, we see our share of Lobster People. Lobster People are those Northern/Midwestern/British folk who come to sunny Florida, think they can get away with no sunscreen for the first day to start their base tan, then end up babying their unevenly tan-lined, delicate fried skin for the remainder of their vacation.

We (or I if you’re a Floridian who doesn’t want to own up that you actually do this) secretly laugh at you and scoff at your decision to go without sunscreen. “YOU FOOL!” “You’re going to end up with skin cancer, you dolt!” “Good luck getting aloe vera gel back in Ohio, sucka!”

Today, I have a sunburn. It’s not a Def Con 10 Level Lobster Person sunburn, but I have a Def Con 6 Level burn that will result in my face shedding its burnt skin, likening me to a Leper in about 5 days.

I have delicate flower petal skin that’s not just white, it’s somewhere on the level of translucent. I fear the sun and its sunburning rays from May through September spending about $150 worth of sunscreen every summer. I don’t believe in “base tans” or in “laying out” or in “getting some sun.” I know sun is good for me in getting some Vitamin D, but I know I’ll get enough in my regular everyday life, and I don’t need to add additional sun rays to my skin.

My dad has carcinoma and melanoma, and I have bi-annual visits to my dermatologist where my freckly skin is checked and sliced of my *beauty* marks. My 1/2 Irish, all whitey girls are the same way. One of my girls has already been to the dermatologist for a questionable mole, so keeping our skin healthy is a priority for me. Seeing a “healthy glow” on me and my girls makes me nervous. But, I also don’t want to keep my girls locked inside all summer for fear of the sun.

We spent ALL DAY at the pool on Sunday. From 11am to after 5pm yesterday, we swam and ate and played at the resort pool as guests of my sister. Having resort pools within a few minute’s drive is really one of the best things about living in Orlando. Suckit, Northerners!

I applied sunscreen to myself and the girls AT LEAST 3 times each for the 6 hours were were in and out of the pool. I spent about 2 of the 6 hours under the umbrella with my baby niece, aka THE CUTEST BABY IN THE WHOLE WORLD, Paige.

We (not Paige) still got sunburned.

I’m embarrassed and ashamed and my nose feels like it may fall off and I’ll end up looking like Michael Jackson except I refuse to wear sequined epaulettes to distract from my missing nose.

But at least now we all have base tans.

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1 Hockeymandad June 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Not I said the golfing fly. But my arms already had a little base tan so maybe that helps a little bit. ;)
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2 Miss Britt June 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Actually, you know what the sad part is? If you peel you won’t even have a base tan. You’ll be white all over again and more susceptible to burning!
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3 Robyn June 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Don’t be a hater…just admit you’re jealous of my melatonin. ;) I have one whitey, white, mcwhiterson baby and one that it is olive-y like me. We all wear tons of sunscreen (yes, even to just play outside for 30 minutes). A little bit of red on the arms of the whitey once so far this summer, but olive boy and I are lookin’ good with our tans!

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4 Tina June 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

While I may not live in Florida, here in the plains it gets mighty frickin hot. (101 heat index today…yikes). I grew up not even knowing what sunscreen WAS. My mom would lay out on a cheap striped lounger in the yard with crisco and a sprinkler under the chair to keep her cool. We spent our whole days with the lifeguards as our babysitters and I had tanlines so bright they would glow in the dark. I used tanning booths year round in highschool and college. Then, ast 27 on my honeymoon. I got my first sunspot on my face. I’ve been a daily SPF 5o girl since then. I slather it on my son every day too. The other day was our first day of fun at the pool and I swear I put that stuff on him 80 times and he still got red! Maybe our human skin has mutated to fight the sunscreen off? I blame global warming. Someone get Al Gore on that….invent some new bullet proof sunscreen.
Sigh.
Hope you don’t peel too badly and take some ibuprofen!
Best,
Tina

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5 Triplezmom June 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I was really bad about this in my youth, but adulthood and a pre-cancerous mole have done wonders for my use of sunblock. Though the first day we hit the pool this year? (Which was last week, this being NJ’s winter that never ended), I managed to burn the back of my knees. Don’t ask. I hope the aloe works quickly and you don’t peel too much.
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6 Holly {Artist Mother Teacher} June 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I suck at putting sunscreen on myself but am diligent about making sure G-tot is slathered in it. But…my Ohio livin’ ass does have a GIANT bottle of aloe vera gel in the linen closet. Sucka’. ;)
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7 Caiu na net June 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Na verdade, você sabe que a parte triste é? Se você descasca você não vai mesmo ter um bronzeado base. Você vai ficar todo branco de novo e mais suscetíveis à queima!
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8 Val Payne June 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I am a Whitey McWhiterson too. You’d think that my half Chinese-ness would give me a little base. No it doesn’t. I can burn in the dead of Pacific Northwest winters (sometimes we get a 15 minute sunbreak). In fact, spring just started this week and I’ve used half a bottle of sunblock already. God, I’m white.

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9 Maile June 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm

My parents live in Boca, one mile from the beach and they have a pool. When we visit I attack my girls with spray sunblock whenever they walk near me. Especially my little red head who turns pink after 2 minutes in the sun. I usually end up with weird patchy red spots from tiny people rubbing off my sunscreen.

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10 Crystal June 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

I have pretty olive skin for the most part. This year, I went to a tanning bed about 4 times to get a “base tan.” I went out in the sun one day, got some nice color and didnt burn at all. The next time I went out in the sun for 4 hours I got burned to a crisp. Because of my complexion I didn’t turn red, but it burned like all hell. My nose actually peeled too, but it stayed tan.

In my experience, going to a tanning bed can help prevent sunburn, but since you are so fair skinned it might not help.

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11 Erin June 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’m a Florida Whitey McWhiterson, and I too fear the sun and its burning rays from May through September. My “base tan” is the sun that gets me while I check the mail, load my daughter and her stuff into the car, and getting the paper. My daughter routinely plays in the shade w/o sunscreen and thanks to her more olive than white tone, has a nice base tan. However, if we’re going to be OUT? At the pool or Disney? She HATES the amount of sunscreen I slather on her. Oh well. When she’s 18, she can make her own decisions. ;)
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12 Jessica June 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

We have the sun up here in Canada too. I’m red headed and freckly and I burn in about 10 seconds. I end up slathering on a crazy amount of SPF60, wearing giant hats and long sleeved shirts all summer and I STILL BURN. I can’t get through the summer without being red at least twice.

Sadly I passed on the white to my two girls… but I only have to fight about sunblock with the little one. The older one has seen me burnt and won’t leave the house without her hat, sunglasses and sunblock!

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13 Linda August 1, 2012 at 1:39 am

Well, the heat of the sun is not good and it can burn your skin which is aching. For now, it is not safe to go outside without sunscreen in the body. It can cause dryness and even into skin cancer. Don’t forget to drink more water to keep hydrated and it helps to release the toxins in the body.

Linda from Philippines.
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