Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Beauty Boomer gets fried

Every summer, some dear friends invite us for a lunch-time cruise of Lake Michigan. It's a lovely time--they serve Pimm's Cup and tons of delicious food: coffeecake and fresh fruit followed by chips and guacamole, followed by curried chicken salad and ending with a gorgeous layer cake.

Their sailboat is breathtakingly beautiful--straight out of House Beautiful, if House Beautiful did sailboats.

This is the captain's cabin, all summery and Schumacher-y

and here's the main cabin, which is equally lovely.

The company is lively and interesting, and the views of the city and the lake are sublime.

Usually I'm prepared to spend a day on the water, but this time, we had spent the night at our apartment in Chicago. We had a fire in the building, and have managed to put the place back together, but a few things are still missing, like lamps, rugs, and silverware. And baseball caps. And sunscreen.

So, here I am, with a layer of the boat's SPF30 on top of an SPF15 tinted moisturizer.

I look concerned because I knew that we were heading to some friends' annual lobster party that evening, and I? Was probably going to go as a lobster.

Not surprisingly, I got fried. It's not the redness that bothers me. It's not the slightly charred sensation. (Although I should mention that I discovered when I removed my makeup that cold cream actually feels cold.)

It's the amount of time I spend on my usual age-prevention regimen, only to undo it all in four hours. It's like dieting all week, and then entering a pie-eating contest.

Don't do this at home, kids!


  1. Ouch!

    If you have a Whole Foods near you, pop in and pick up some pure lavender oil. Spread just a couple of drops on your sunburn -- it should be gone within 24 hours.

  2. The last time I got burned it was a lovely dark red stripe where I missed putting sunscreen.

    2-3 asprin every 4 hours will help a lot if you start taking them as soon as you realize you've been burned. I second the lavender oil (though I mix mine with Weleda Calendula Oil for babies).

    And what brand was the SPF 30? We need to stay away from it :(

  3. Ladies: Lavender oil? Who knew? Thanks!

    As for the sunscreen--I don't know what kind it was. All I know is this: I'd be kicking myself for forgetting to pack my Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch SPF100--if it didn't hurt too much to move.

  4. I'm a firm believer in aloe. There's a reason pizza places have an aloe plant there - it's great for burns!

    Plus, we keep aloe gel in the refrigerator so it's nice and cool when you apply it.

  5. Ah! a gal after my own heart ...trying to protect our faces while cruising...from above and the reflection off the seas!

  6. Had to google Neutrogena Ultra Sheer because I've never heard of 100+ SPF. I thought 30 was the max. Silly me. And I live in Australia, where you can fry on a cold winter's day - the sun is that strong.

    But I'm really far more interested in your CHANEL FALL COLLECTION purchases. Sigh.......

    Must.have.more.details. Pretty please.

  7. Yes, lavender oil. I know it sounds kooky, but I have first-hand experience on this one.

    The hubs had a colleague who got utterly fried once. He came into work on Monday and was as red as a lobster and in a lot of pain. Someone told him about the lavender oil that day and he picked some up on his way home from work. Used a cotton ball to dab it on his burns. The next day, he came into work looking totally normal, no red in sight.

    The next time I got a bad burn, I remembered this and went out and got some lavender oil and tried it out on myself. I rubbed a few drops in and it was gone by the next day. No pain, no peeling.

  8. Skip the sunburn ...

    Look at that sailboat!

    The view!

    Sorry ... I know I am bad ...

  9. K says: that's a big boat. 50?

    bb says: aw, but look at your beautiful face! You'll make up for it with creams and lotions and potions.


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