August 15, 2009
If You Saw Me Walking Around With a Parasol, Would You Laugh?
Because I kinda want to start carrying one to protect my skin from the brutal summer sun. You see, I am of the pigment-deprived variety, and sunscreen alone doesn't prevent new freckles and spots from popping up on my arms and shoulders (I wear a hat to shield my face). If I want to stay lily-white I just can't be in the sun -- period.
But I don't want to look like a loser, either. I see Asian ladies carrying parasols -- and if anyone knows what's up with taking care of skin, it's the gals of east Asia -- and no one seems to give it a second thought.
But I am not Asian. So would I just look like the weird American carrying an umbrella on a sunny day? Maybe. But when I look at my speckled, sun-damaged forearm I think it might be worth it.