Loose change


  1. Lisa Paul »

    1 August 2010 · 12:51 pm

    I won’t debate you on the other points, but you gotta believe me on the sunscreen. As the grandchild of Eastern Europeans (who prize their skin above all other attributes), I was swathed and swaddled and slopped in sunscreen. It stuck and I can count the tans I’ve had in my life on five fingers.

    College and high school reunions, and subsequent comparisons with more tan-friendly classmates, have shown I was right to fear the sun — at least as an enemy of skin.

  2. CGHill »

    1 August 2010 · 1:00 pm

    My own thinking, for what it’s worth, is that not all risk factors are created equal. I developed a lot more extraneous skin growths before I decided it would be cool, or at least less sweaty, to go without clothing in the back yard in the summertime; then again, that’s just me, and I figure everyone else’s mileage may vary. I’m not even particularly wrinkly, and I’m pushing sixty.

    So maybe I have unusually strong skin, probably offset by a weakness somewhere else.

  3. Jeff Brokaw »

    1 August 2010 · 4:45 pm

    Protecting one’s skin from the sun, of course, is a good idea, but relying on sunscreen exclusively to do that is not. Many types of sunscreen supposedly promote cancer cell growth.

    A healthy respect for the power of the Sun is wise, but irrational fear of it is not, and that type of irrational fear based on disinformation is what I (and Bill Q and Chaz) see way, way too much of. It’s gotten freaking ridiculous. Sometimes I wonder what the world ‘reality’ even means any more, when so many people accept myths as 100% fact.

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