Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sun Tips From the Tropics

A  L  O  H  A !
Having lived in Hawaii
 half my life,
and possessing a complexion 
does NOT resemble 
an old boot
I feel confident in dispensing SUN
advice, though I have given up
on sharing my wisdom with 
random strangers here in Waikiki.
I have learned to bite my tongue
when I see:

Girls with fish belly white skin
laying in midday sun.

"I have sunblock on"
say the most thoughtful of them.
Too bad they have applied 
too little, too long ago
without reapplying,
[or less than 30 minutes before].

Sunblock does NOT
provide iron-clad protection.

Another faux pas:
Folks with cute hats
riding on the back of their head,
narrow of brim, or with a floppy
brim that blows up in the breeze
exposing the face.

My Australian Lifeguard Hat
[ image HERE ]
is reminiscent of the ones
plantation workers wore
to protect their faces.

 Hawaiian Pineapple Packers' Association 
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Even today, 
folks working in the fields
wear functional hats, long sleeves, 
bandannas deployed. 

Some ladies wear gloves.

Refined ladies of the American South
used to tell their daughters:
"Don't dare let a drop of sun
strike your face."

beats a barrier 
between you 
and the direct sun.

When the sun is 
striking your skin,
particularly your face
or upper chest,

[I am not as stringent with less vulnerable
skin on my legs]

it is as if 
a taxi meter is running.

I hear it. 

Every second counts,
because each drop of sun
is taking glow, and texture
out of your skin. 

Healthy beautiful skin
is like a 
bank account you're born with.
Preserve you wealth/beauty!

skin cancer is very common.

I am not embarrassed to use an
umbrella on a sunny day.

Shade draws me. 
Do not stand
3 feet away from shade:
GO to it!

Walk on the SHADY
side of the street!

protect your eyes
and the thin, vulnerable
skin around them.
Squint if you want

Cover your shoulders 
with a cotton 
beach wrap, 
shawl, or towel.

Yes, sunlight feels good.
while on vacation, you WILL get
enough incidental / reflected sunlight
believe me! 
Take your time.

You are from a different
latitude; Your skin is not accustomed
to tropical or sub-tropical sun.
If you must "tan"
take it VERY slow

Personal tip: 
I carry a bandanna always!
You can not only de-shine 
your perspiring face,
Check This Out:

Carry bandanna over your arm
like a waiter's towel
holding one corner.
Protect your hand
and arm from sun!

File:Tikhanov - Boki and Hekili on the Kamchatka (1818).jpg
Mikhail Tikhanov [Public domain], Wikimedia Commons

 Hawaiian chiefs did NOT
go about in the sunny hours.
Treat yourself
 like a Chief or Chiefess!


Your Shade-Worshiper Friend,

"Mad dogs and Englishmen 
go out in the midday sun, 

The Japanese don´t care to, 
the Chinese wouldn´t dare to, 
Hindus and Argentines
sleep firmly from twelve to one 
But Englishmen
detest-a siesta. "

Noel Coward