What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Stocking Up on Sunblock

May 4, 2010

We use a lot of sunblock year round to protect us from the sun's damaging rays.  During the winter months we use sunscreen or sunblock on exposed skin because even though the sun is lower in the sky it can still have a damaging effect.  May through October we spend a lot of time on the boat where the damaging rays of the sun are magnified through reflection so we need stronger sun protection.  We also live on waterfront property so spend a lot of time on the dock where sun protection is also needed.  It is very important when boating and indulging in water activity to use a water resistantbroad spectrum UVA/UVB sunblock.  It is also important to wear some type of sunblock on your lips.  Last year I experienced my very first cold sore while on vacation.  It was not a pleasant experience!  I have since learned that sunlight exposure can trigger the virus responsible for cold sores so now wear lip protection all the time.  I recently stocked up on a variety of sunblocks including lip sunblock.  This will not be enough to get us through the boating season but it is a start.  Since we have little ones visiting us as well as going boating with us I always keep extra sunscreen and sunblock on hand both at the house and on the boat.  We also keep a bottle of sun block in each vehicle and my husband keeps one in his golf bag.

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