Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hats On for Summer

About 30% of people with lupus suffer from sun sensitivity, and I'm one of them. When I'm exposed to the sun, it feels as if someone is sticking about a hundred lit matches to my skin. It also causes me to break out into a rash on the sun exposed areas. I also get a malar rash. (A butterfly shaped rash on my cheeks.) Lastly, it makes me feel ill, as if I've been poisoned. If I'm in the sun too long, I'm guaranteed to spend the rest of the day in bed. Also, I've read that for people with lupus who have sun sensitivity, it can cause your flares to be worse, so I try to limit my exposure to the sun as much as possible.

I do this by wearing 45 SPF sunscreen and avoiding mid-day sun, but when I can't avoid the sun, I wear sun protective clothes during the middle of the day or carry an umbrella. My favorite thing to do is wear hats, and I just found the coolest hat at Forever 21! this weekend. I'm 38 years old, six feet tall and 170 pounds, so I normally don't go to Forever 21! for myself. It is my daughter's favorite place to shop, and that's where she dragged me this past weekend. I'm glad she did because I love this hat! When I tried it on, my daughter, Aja's her name, said "Oh my gosh mom. That is just too J-Lo." I replied, "Cool. I'm buying it!" She then replied, "Okay. If you say so!" This hat isn't certified as sun protective or anything, but it does have a tight straw weave. I think the sun would have a hard time finding it's way to my face through that brim!

With this hat, I'm Living Lupie J-Lo Diva Style.

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