SUNSHINE, HERE I COME As I write this publisher’s note, it’s freezing outside. This weekend, it’s supposed to be in the 50s, but today, it’s about 35 degrees. Sure, this is typical Midwestern weather, but I can never get used to it. I’m ready to wear those sundresses! Back in high school, teenage-me would be in the tanning bed in preparation for the coming sunny days. I’d get a base tan for my spring-break vacation. And during the summer, I’d slather on suntan oil to get that perfect level of bronze as I lounged by the pool. I only used sunscreen to prevent sunburns. Today, of course, we know the dangers of tanning. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun and artificial sources are a known carcinogen, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer. As an adult, I’m more cautious in the sun. I’m diligent with sunscreen — especially on my face — and I am militant about my kids’ sunscreen usage. If you’re worried about your (awful) past skincare decisions like I am, today’s advancements in beauty technology can help repair skin from past damage. But, of course, the most important thing you can do for your body is to protect it — and it’s never too late to start. You have tons of options, from sunscreen to protective clothing. Flip to page 14 to learn easy ways to protect yourself. Here’s to a safe and sunny spring!
Suzanne Steiner, Publisher
Photo / Jenny Wheat