|I'm actually a bit paler than Queen Elizabeth I, with her lead face powder.|
And when I venture out into the world without sunscreen for more than 30 seconds, I have a complexion similar to this:
|I feel this woman's pain. Not actually right now, but two weeks ago definitely.|
1) Cover yourself up with clothes.
You can spend lots of money for special sunscreen clothes, like these ones from Lululemon. I just remembered today that last summer I bought one of their Sunbeam Pullovers and I wore it today and felt very Lance Armstrong/Tour de France-esque biking along in my activewear. Also, I did not get a sunburn and it's super lightweight so not too hot either.
OK, OK. That is not a frugal option. That shirt costs like $98 (I bought it pre-Detox, honestly!)
But you can protect yourself from sun with a broad-brimmed hat and long-sleeved clothes of a non space-age-sunscreen material variety. Marcia Cross is a famous pale-skinned celebrity who is constantly photographed wearing full-length clothes at the beach, like this:
|I appreciate that her daughters are wearing long-sleeve shirts, too.|
And like this:
|A whole family in hats and long pants in the summer!|
2) Using actual sunscreen. I mean, you can find fairly affordable sunscreen and it's a load cheaper to spend $8 on sunscreen than to pay for all of the healthcare you need if you get melanoma. I realized that I have like 5 different kinds of sunscreen now, none of which is more than a year or 2 old. And while this website says that you should be using so much of it (a shot glass full every day!) that it shouldn't last that long anyway, it does expire. But the stuff I have hasn't passed its expiry date yet.
Anyway, I am a bit of a sunscreen conoisseur, so here are my recommendations:
|Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen Milk|
|Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen|
This works well, and is non-greasy, but it does kind of sit on top of your skin like a white shield. If you have skin my colour, nobody will notice, but this may not be your thing if you are not paley-pale like me.
|L'oreal Ombrella SPF Lotion|
This one combines chemical and physical block (not sure what that means, but am sure it's a good thing) and comes with a recommendation from a pharmacist friend of mine. Again, leaves some white residue on the skin, but everybody's walking around with sunscreen residue on these days, so no big deal.
Coppertone oil free sunscreen - this one is OK, but has an odd, grainy feel to it. No white pastey look, though!
The best sunscreen BY FAR is Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotion Sunscreen. It has SHIMMER in it so it makes you SPARKLE like a Kardashian Proposal GLITTER PONY AND it smells like delicious coconut (all of the sunscreens listed above smell like sunscreen).
|This is obviously Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony, not an actual Kardashian Glitter Mini-Pony.|
And it may not be the best sunscreen in the world, but it smells so good and makes me so sparkley that I look forward to putting it on everyday. With the others, I sometimes think, "Well... I'll just stick to the shady side of the street and I won't be out that long and mumblemumblemumble" and then I go out without sunscreen and get burned. So anything that makes sunscreen fun is a good thing, I think.
3) You can also save money on sunscreen by staying inside of a cave all day and only venturing out at night. But that wouldn't be very fun.
|Though, you would save money in air conditioning living in the cave, I guess.|
4) Because aluminum foil reflects sunbeans, you could wear clothes made out of repurposed tinfoil, such as, old condom wrappers. Or the insides of chocolate bars. (Both of which would be found, in true frugal style, in garbage cans. Not purchased, OBVIOUSLY)