It's a Ginge Thing

ABC Sunburn

Attempting to have some fun in the sun this past weekend resulted in me struggling during the evening due to the pain I was in. Being sunburnt is one of the worst pains a person can endure, in my opinion of course. ‘Cause I’m a ginger I definitely should have known better to apply sunscreen, but when it’s the late afternoon and I’m playing games in the backyard I never really find it necessary because I feel like the sun isn’t even strong anymore. Definitely not the best logic on my behalf. Every ginger that goes outside no matter what time of day it is should always have sunscreen on or they will pay the price. First thing any of us should do when we even think about stepping outside the house is apply the right SPF whether it be 75 or 100…most likely 100. Gingers are weak against the sun and I’m not sure what I was thinking not putting anything on.

Honestly, I think it’s because I keep telling myself ‘oh it’s okay I’m getting older and my skin is adjusting to the sun’ but that is literally the dumbest thing ever. I am an idiot because we all know that’s just a preposterous thing to think. Jealousy also plays a role because all my super tan friends apply baby oil to their skin and don’t even get remotely burned but I don’t put anything on and look like a fresh steamed lobster. Kills me. Literally, the pain I’m in just kills me. Miserable is an understatement. Nobody understands the pain that gingers endure when they are sunburnt…they aren’t the same as normal people sunburns, they are worse.

On Friday when I got burnt It wasn’t just a normal burn, it was one of the burns where you’re wearing a wicked awkward top and your burn lines look like somebody literally painted a white shirt on you. Over and over that night I just kept thinking of how stupid I was, granted the amounts of alcohol I consumed did relieve some of my pain which was nice.  People weren’t nice about it either. Questions were sarcastically coming from my friends all night like, “were you outside today?” or “you usually tan so. Ridiculous! Seriously i’m sure it was funny for them but this girl was not laughing.

Typically I would but because I was actually in pain it just wasn’t funny to me. Understanding the pain a ginger feels from a sunburn is very difficult for uneducated people to understand so I forgave them for being so heartless. Very fun night though aside from the sunburn and my dumb friends who aren’t funny. Wish I had just put on the sunscreen during the day though to avoid the ginger jokes, the pain and the anxiety I was getting from it. Xanax would have been clutch that way I would have stopped panicking about what everyone was thinking about me. Yes I definitely learned my lesson and I will always apply sunscreen no matter what time of the day it is. Zero sunscreen = unhappy ginger and unhappy ginger = well, aren’t gingers always unhappy? ;)

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3 thoughts on “ABC Sunburn

  1. I especially like the creative way you used “Z”… (and it made a great conclusion to the post)

  2. Ow! That photo makes me squirm from pain! I am lucky to have a partner who is somewhat of a ginger himself, so he understands me (somewhat) as I apply sunscreen every time we go out somewhere. I am lucky in that respect, I assume. This might sound strange, but when I go outside and dont have sunscreen, I can feel it when the sun has had too much exposure on my skin. It gets warm and pinkish. (And it only takes about 5 minutes to happen in this Mediterranean sun.) Now that summer is here (well basically summer), I thought it would be so great to be able to ride without all of the layers I was using to keep warm in the winter on rides. Although one time out in the skin with bear skin around town showed me how wrong I was, so back with the leather jacket, gloves and scarf plus tons on sunscreen. I know how goofy this all sounds, but like you said, it really hurts when you get burnt. You get, or can get, violently sick for days. And while I adore and love the sh*t out of my lovely pale skin, the trouble it takes to care for it is beyond. I guess I could stop, but with sun like this here I would be really sick and red before quickly turning back to white. So… I’ll just fuss with all the stuff I have to wear to ride, since I can get away with it by saying it is for “safety” reasons. Besides, when I look around at the leather that other people call their “skin”, I’ll bask in knowing I took care of mine. Redheads forever, regardless of our woes: it could be a lot worse.

  3. Opps… one of those ‘skins’ up there should be ‘sun’ instead. Sorry.

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