During my college years especially, I was reckless with my skin and didn’t take sun protection very seriously. I used to think I could bake for hours in the sun with little more than a low-SPF oil to defend me from burning. Being relatively fair-skinned and a strawberry blonde, this meant that I’d wind up a nice tender red more often than I’d come home golden bronzed. I’ve learned from my mistakes though and these days I take sun defense much more seriously. I apply sunscreen generously and often, try to limit my time in the sun, and I now believe a brimmed hat and long-sleeved coverup are a girl’s best friends.