Too Darn Hot

by Wendy
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA)

I had my first bad sunburn when I was around 16 years old.



I went to an all-day outdoor music festival, and since it was in Florida, I made sure to bring high-SPF sunscreen.


Unfortunately, I forgot to reapply it often enough!


I didn’t realize how bad the burn was until I got home and realize I was pink all over my shoulders and back (I had been wearing a tank top) in addition to the bridge of my nose and the tops of my ears.


My whole body felt warmer than usual. I asked my mom what I could do to ease the pain, and she went to the drugstore and picked up some aloe vera gel for me.


The gel had menthol too, which helped ease the “hot” sensation a little.


Luckily, it was in a spray bottle, so I was able to reach that annoying spot of my back that’s so hard to itch.


It took more than a week for my sunburn to fade, though luckily I didn’t peel too much.


I had a tan in the shape of the shirt I was wearing for over a month!

After that experience, I’ve always remembered to be more careful when I’m out in the sun.




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