I think that the sun is dangerous and that we need PPE (personal protective equipment) to protect ourselves from sun light. I feel annoyed that my parents lied to me and told me the sun is good for my health, and that they encouraged me to spend time in the sun which I now understand is dangerous. Now that I know this, I plan to always wear clothes which are UPF50+ or better with good sunglasses.
My first experience with sunburn was when I was four years old. My parents took the family to the beach... as there was not a lot of publicity around sunburn/cover up back then the end result was severe sunburn on my shoulders and back. The treatment back then was calamine lotion and lots of it.
I have very fair skin and am quite sensitive to sunlight. Twenty years ago I was diagnosed with a high white blood cell count and photosensitivity to sunlight and face the possibility of having lupus. Whilst the medical profession are still undecided about this I have over time decided to be proactive about my skin health.
In my early 20s I developed a butterfly rash on my face that wouldn't go away. I was quickly diagnosed with discoid lupus and my specialist stressed that it was very important for me to stay protected from the sun. This was in the early 80s and I was living in Queensland, so it was a tough call.
I grew up in an era were weekends were beach clad bikini baby oiled affairs and a sun tan the most fashionable accessory. Looking back I am horrified at understanding the damage all those hours in the sun were actually doing and I am paying the price for now. Dozens of sun spots, a Basal Cell Carcinoma, and SCLE lupus. My visits to the beach and time outdoors are now spent very differently.
I developed a bad sun reaction from the hot summer days last year walking across the large school oval during school pick up time. I went online and found Solbari, I am so relaxed now on hot days not having to worry about getting sun burnt.