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The Truth About Sun Safety & Vitamin D

Did you know that I used to be a synchronized swimmer? It’s true! I did ‘synchro’, as we liked to call it, for nearly five years and I loved it! There’s hardly anything better than spending all summer in the pool, with your friends, choreographing awesome water-dancing routines to 90’s pop music. 

You know what I also did a lot of during my ‘synchro’ days? Wear sunscreen. We’d spend upwards of 5 hours in the blazing sun some days, so Mom made sure we were properly doused in SPF 50 (sport performance, of course!).

Oddly enough, the older I got, the more I noticed I had a propensity towards getting sunburned (particularly in high school and college). On top of that, for as much time as I would spend int the sun, the only part of me that seemed to get ‘sun-kissed’, was my face. The rest of me was sans the healthy glow and basically still white. Which, I always found odd given that it was the opposite case for my dad and extended family who grew up in Colombia spending copious amounts of time in the sun (and they almost never wore sunscreen!). It makes you wonder: what the heck am I missing here (scratches head)?!  

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