Sunscreen 101: Lessons from a Lupie

Blog, Health and Beauty

sunscreen 101While some sunshine is healthy, most people know that they need to protect themselves from the sun in order to prevent sunburns, premature aging, and skin cancers.  However, there are people for who sunshine is dangerous to their health, even non-solar sources of UV light can cause an immune response. The latter folks are photosensitive, for example, people with lupus (like myself) need to be extra vigilant to cover up not only to prevent unsightly sores on the skin but to prevent exacerbating the condition in other organs. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t understand what types of sunscreens are available or how to use them most effectively.

How to be Lazy: Work Smarter Not Harder

Lifestyle, Lists

how to be lazyI live with chronic fatigue, pain, weakness, and generally not having any idea if I will be able to get out of bed in the morning. Yet, I still have shit to get done including housekeeping, errands, cooking, entertainment, and self-care. Over the years, I have come up with some clever ways to make it more manageable so that can maintain a clean home, healthy (ish) eating habits, and not destroy myself doing everything on my “good days”. I call it being “lazy” because it seems effortless to the uninitiated and because I have a sense of humor. As a bonus, all of these tips are budget friendly– of course it would be simple to be lazy if you could just throw money at people to do everything for you– and some of these tips can really help those with compromised immune systems by reducing how many people, handles, etc we’re exposed to.