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Skin care

Skin care is on my mind these days, because I just went to a dermatologist to get my yearly skin check, which I haven’t done for a while because my insurance was terrible.

The good news is that I got a clean bill of health.

The bad news is that once again I was reminded that I can’t really go out in the sun that much, because my skin is so fair and I have such a high risk for skin cancer. In addition, my skin is very sensitive so I have to worry about what kind of sunscreen I’m using.

I just picked up an Aveeno moisturizer that has sunscreen in it. But I’ve also been talking with the one of the ladies at the dermatologist about my skin care routine, trying to repair all the damage years of neglect and harsh treatments have caused it. On the one hand, these treatments and products seem like a good idea and like they’ll be good for me in the long run. But I wonder how in the world a person is supposed to stay clean and take care of their skin on the trail.

Obviously I’ll have to pack a massive amount of sunscreen and apply it regularly, which I’ve talked about before. But what about just washing my face? Is this trip going to undo any progress I make between now and then? I can’t imagine packing a multiple product skin care regime in my pack, so it’s something to think about.

But in the mean time, I still haven’t really gotten into the habit of walking every day. Sleep and my sleep schedule continue to be a problem, though I’m finally going to a doctor about that issue too, my blood tests are in a few days. So here’s hoping we figure it out and I can start dealing with that so I can start really training!

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Gotta Wear Shades

One of the random quirks about me is that I generally can’t survive outside without sunglasses. My eyes are extra sensitive light.

I’m also the kind of person who loses and breaks things frequently. So my standard for sunglasses is to buy many pairs of cheap glasses until they all break or dissapear and then I buy more.

I don’t think that will work for my hike. For one thing, I will likely need something that is close to my face to protect my eyes from dust and bugs as well as UV rays.

I also can’t afford the pack weight of carrying a bunch of extra pairs. So I may have to actually invest in something more sturdy. At least I will be wearing them every day, so there will be less chance of losing them.

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The sun, it burns. Literally.

You get two posts in one day because I skipped last week on my blogging schedule, so I’m doubling up everything this week to make up for it. Don’t you feel lucky?

Anyway. One thing I keep forgetting about is that I’m going to have to be vigilant about sunscreen when I’m hiking. I forgot all about it yesterday, and I got a very slight burn from being out in just the mile or so we walked to the museum and to the metro.

I burn very easily, and since there’s a history of skin cancer in my family, I’m more worried about it than the average person. UV exposure is just a bad idea in general, so of course this hike might be stupid. But I knew it was stupid for multiple reasons when I had the idea.

The thing that gets me about needing sunscreen is the weight. When I go swimming, I use three different types of sunscreen: a spray for my body, a oil-free lotion for my face, and a stick to get a good thick covering on my scalp.

I’ll probably have a hat for the trail, but I don’t think the spray would work as an all-over for me. For one thing, my face is super sensitive to chemicals too so I need lighter stuff for it on a good day. For another, carrying a spray like that seems stupid.

I guess I’ll just have to carry a bottle of lotion with me, and then mail additional bottles to myself in the mail drops. But does anybody have good suggestions for which sunscreen I should use? It’d be nice to not be coating myself in toxic chemicals while I’m on the trail, I imagine it’d be better for me AND the woods if I avoid that.

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