My father tells stories of the many times that I had been sunburnt as a child. A small child. And how guilty he had felt at the time. Obviously, not guilty enough to prevent it happening again, but then, maybe there was no such thing as sunscreen around at the time.. Who knows? This was Poland in the 1970s. Lots of things were scarce, or unheard of.
After those childhood experiences, you’d think both my parents would have known better when exposing my incredibly fair skin to the Australian sun. In summer! (Or maybe they did and I was simply being a stubborn teenager? It’s always easier to blame the parents, isn’t it ?)
I remember it happened in our first or second summer here in Australia. No, not the first time I suffered from sunburn. The first time I suffered from blistering sunburn AND sunstroke!
It was horrid! Apart from the obvious pain all over my body (there was very little skin that wasn’t affected), I fainted, I vomited, I had a massive headache, I was shivering. Within hours my skin had blistered. And of course it was the middle of summer, so it was HOT! I was DYING!
Seriously, I was quite unwell. There were wet sheets applied to my body to cool my skin and copious amounts of Vaseline slathered on – again and again. I spent at least two days in bed, being nursed by my parents. I barely ate. I slept when I could.
My memories of that time are of blistering pain, damp sheets (which dried on my skin with alarming speed) and the smell of Vaseline.
Eventually, I got better. The pain lessened. The burnt skin peeled in huge swathes. Ick! And I kept using Vaseline to ease the pain. It worked.
For years after that, Vaseline was something I’ve always used for sunburn. I don’t remember ever again getting blisters, but I sure got sunburnt. My fair skin was not made for the Australian sun.
As I got older and wiser, I got sunburnt less, but Vaseline has always been a familiar product to have around and use to treat my increasingly dry skin.
Recently, I was sent a sample of the new and improved Vaseline Dry Skin Conditioning Lotion. It professes to be non-greasy and fast absorbing. And it is!
But the best bit? The large bottle I received (375 ml) has some pump action going on, which, for this lazy and time-poor mother, means that I actually get to use it. Because it’s there when I get out of the shower and there is nothing to flip up, to unscrew, just pump and spread! And by the time I’m ready to get dressed, it’s all absorbed! So moisturising my skin is no longer something saved for special pampering occasions, but something I get to do everyday. And than makes me feel good.
Oh, it smells great too! All planty and natural and stuff!
This post is part of Product Talk by Nuffnang.
What about you? What has been your worst case of sunburn?
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