I half-jokingly refer to Colorado as "Solarado" because it is sunny most of the time. Sometimes it's even sunny while it's raining. Truly. Just today, I was wearing sunglasses while driving in the rain.
And it's not just sunny but SUNNY. Intensely sunny. No matter the season, when you step into the sunlight, you can immediately feel the heat on your skin.
Many people love this feeling. I suppose it's the same kind of pleasurable feeling that leads cats (and my dog) to bask in the sun.
I do not love this feeling. When the sun hits me, I feel like I'm being cooked. It's like I can feel the sun burning my skin. All I can think about is getting indoors or into the shade. I'm not precisely heliophobic, but being in the sun makes me VERY uncomfortable. This is mostly due to a bad experience I had at age 18.
I suppose shunning the sun earns me Goth Points. But the reality is that it's horribly inconvenient. I need to mow the lawn... but it's sunny. I want to go for a walk... but it's sunny. My neighborhood is great for walking, but I'm thinking of joining the gym so I can walk inside. It's ridiculous.
Fortunately, fabric is enough of a barrier for me to feel okay in the sun. Thus I wear long sleeves year-round. For summer, I have a couple of "suncoats" -- button-front cotton shirts with a collar and long sleeves -- that I can wear when I'm out. But I get awfully hot. :(
This year, I wanted to conquer my fear enough that I wouldn't have to wear long sleeves all the time. A warm, sunny day came along, and I decided to brave it. I put sunblock on my arms and set off to run some errands. I was feeling pretty proud of myself for wearing short sleeves on a sunny day... until I returned to my car and noticed white smudges on the interior. All over the interior.
|smudges on the door|
|smudges on the side of the seat|
|smudges all over the console|
The sunblock was leaving white residue everywhere my arms touched. This angered me because I am very particular about my car. Through 48,000 miles, I have kept the interior practically immaculate.
Luckily, I was able to clean off all the sunblock smudges. Phew!
I'm back to wearing long sleeves. :/
We're all advised to wear sunblock daily to ward off sunburn and premature aging. So we put sunblock on our face... and we discover that it feels greasy or causes acne or makes our skin shiny or ruins our makeup. :( It can be difficult to find a sunblock that is face-friendly.
I tried many before finding one I liked -- Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 from DeVita. This stuff was awesome! It went on smoothly and then disappeared. It was expensive but I willingly paid the higher price because it was exponentially better than any other sunblock I'd tried. I used it happily for about 3 1/2 years. Then, inexplicably and with no warning, they changed the formula. It was terrible! It would not smooth on, instead gooping up into little balls and flakes, and it left a white cast on my face. SO disappointing! Alas, it was back to square one to search for a new sunblock. :( I've tried two so far:
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 70: The claim that it's lightweight is fairly accurate; that it has a "clean feel"... not so much. It leaves white streaks wherever the skin creases, such as on my neck. It also leaves white smudges on surfaces that I touch, such as my clothes and the interior of my car. I don't consider white smudges all over everything "clean." :P
Target's version of Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF 15: Goes on smoothly, but makes my skin shiny. Even with powder, my face looks shiny within half an hour. Maybe that's what they consider "radiance"? It is acceptable for now (as long as I carry powder for frequent touch-ups!) but I will continue the search.