I once got third degree burns from a sunburn. THIS IS A TRUE STORY.
It was June 1999. I was 18. I was setting up a huge parking lot for an event, with an expected attendance of 6000 people. It had been hot that week. When I got dressed in the morning, I decided to go with shorts, knowing that I would be running around all day. I thought it would be nice to get a little bit of sunshine. Turns out, it was overcast the entire day, though hot and muggy, thanks to the LA smog.
The next day, I woke up to a very cruel surprise - second degree burns on the backs of my legs. Because the burn stretched from my thigh to my ankles, and included my knees, I could barely extend my legs- the pain was so deep.
Then, over the next couple of days, I had a rash of people come up to me and remind me that I should have worn sunscreen. Like that helps after the fact!
It took almost a month (yes, a month) for my legs heal. The burn seemed to suck out all the water in my legs, requiring massive infusions of water and a ton of lotion. I would even wake up in the middle of the night and have to put lotion on in order to be able to go back to sleep.
So I learned...EVEN WHEN THE SUN ISN'T OUT, you can get very badly burned. Some even say that overcast days are the worst ones for sun damage. I am not sure if that is true or not...
The moral of the story...Protect your skin with sunblock, don't subject yourself to unnecessary sunburn. Who wants to increase their chances of skin cancer?
Until next time...