Sun kissed

Like mother like daughter on this subject!

I am the first one to tell someone how silly they are for not looking after themselves in the sun!

It doesn’t matter what country you are in to apply sun cream, the sun still burns in the UK!

You don’t even have to be sun-bathing to apply sun cream, the sun still burns when you are doing some gardening!

Remembering to apply water proof sun cream is just as important too, the sun still burns when you are in the sea!

The thing to remember is the sun will burn you no matter what country you are in!

The sun doesn’t even care if you are on holiday or not, if it sees you out even just taking your lunch break outside because ‘the sun has got his hat on’ He won’t take off his hat to greet you, no, he’ll get straight to work with his powerful UV rays and he’ll fry you to a crisp!

I recently read an article about people using the sun to burn pictures onto their body

Actor Vin Diesel from the Fast & Furious films hails this craze as ‘glorious’ on his Twitter account he says “Sunburnt art is a Real Thing, and it’s Glorious”

I for one cannot see how letting the sun do this to your body is glorious when skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world!

There are more than 100,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer every year in the UK!

Annually 13,000 people are diagnosed and there are more than 2,000 deaths, and the death rate is rising!

I know this seems very different from my normal blogs about MS, exercise & positivity but it still links with a treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) called ‘Natalizumab’ also known as Tysabri.

Natalizumab is also linked with Melanoma although the association is unclear, in my opinion it is better to stay safe & protect yourself against the sun and its UV rays!

The truth about exposing yourself to the sun without protection is that you are actually exposing yourself to radiation! Now you have to admit, the word radiation is scary! So why do people do it? Why do people purposely lie in the sun without the required protection against first or second-degree burns?

That’s what sunburn actually is, did you know that? How do you feel about it now?

Time to start using sun cream?


All that said, I am now naming and shaming myself!

Yes, you read that correctly! The picture above is the sunburn I got over the weekend whilst I was in the garden sewing some late seeds & pottering around doing my best to tidy.

I didn’t even give it a second thought to put sun cream on which is so unlike me!

I know by sharing this picture I will very likely be getting told off by friends and family and I accept it! I deserve the telling off because it was very stupid of me not to put sun cream on! Especially as I take ‘Natalizumab’ or Tysabri, I have a fair complexion & I have a suspicious mole that you can see in the picture.

Unprotected exposure to extreme sunlight and ultraviolet radiation is dangerous, it hurts & it looks ugly when the dead skin starts to ‘peal’

Don’t do it!

Wear the correct factor sun cream, a hat, drink as much water as you u leak out & don’t stay in it for too long at any one time!

Enjoy the time you have, spend it wisely & don’t regret the time you spent in the sun unprotected!