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    Enjoying the Summer Sun With SPF

    We have now entered the summer month of June. As you all know, summer is my favorite time of year. Now the bathing suits come out and all I wear on top of them is a tank top.

    My hair is already a bleached out color from the sun and my skin has to catch up with an awesome suntan. I do have a head start, in that I sit out in the sun every chance I get and even cheat a little with my sun booth that Herman got me a couple of years ago. But there’s nothing like the actual beach time sun for a deep tan. And don’t worry, I use sun block. Terry’s insistent upon it. She uses SPF 30 on my face and SPF 15 everywhere else.

    I’m told the SPG number gives a doubling of sun protection for each number it has…so an SPF 15 is 15 times the protection of going without. I use SPF 4 in my sun booth and never get any deep color like I do when I sit in the actual sun. So that seems pretty safe.

    Of course, there are the sun-block proponents who think all sun is bad for you. That just won’t fly with me, as I’ve been a sun worshipper all my life, and though I’ll take precautions, I won’t stop my time in the sun. It’s just too restful and comforting to me. And everyone has to have at least one vice. That’s mine.

    Now Herman doesn’t love the sun like I do. For one thing, he has a lighter complexion and tends to burn and freckle more than tan. He says the only way he shows any color is when his freckles all merge together. His daughter Hermanette says she has the same genes and has to wear SPF 45 sun block. She can’t get a tan no matter what. And she lives in Southern California!

    Interestingly enough, as you read this, Hermanette is preparing to go to Russia on a church mission trip. Siberia, to be exact. It would have to be a mission to impel her to go, I would think, although she seems to be looking forward to it. I have no idea what the weather is like there, although I always think the weather in Siberia must be very cold. She says they have told her it is like California in winter, which means rainy and 60F to me.

    So enjoy the summer and the sun with proper protection, of course. I know I will be doing just that.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com