When TSHTF, will the sun become your enemy? Unfortunately, our global sunscreen may slowly be giving out. Learn how to protect yourself and your family. Survive and thrive.
Running errands, I decide to stop at Target, the store that seems to sell everything I don’t need but buy anyway. Really, does anyone ever get out of there with just the thing they came in to get? For me it was more sunscreen. It seems that my light-skinned little darlings go through the stuff by the gallons.
I don’t remember ever having any adult put sunscreen on me as a child. I would play outside all day without a problem. On beach days, I might get a rosy glow on my cheeks and shoulders or a slight tan on my arms, but that was all. FYI: my children did get their paler-than-pale complexions from me.
These days that fair skin is obvious. Stick me outside for 20-30 minutes out on a sunny, or even overcast day, without sunscreen, and that skin blooms into a nasty burn. On a beach it would take less time than that.
So what happened? Did I lose my superpowers? In a way, yes. What I lost, as did you, is some of the earth’s ozone layer, our natural protection from sunburn-causing radiation. We humans have unknowingly been conducting our own live experiment, depleting the ozone with chemical products.
Atmospheric physicists from NASA, Paul Newman and Luke Oman, decided to create a simulation that mimicked what would happen if ozone-destroying chemicals continued to be added to the atmosphere at a rate of 3 percent more per year, and the results are quite scary. By 2020, in the stimulation, 17 percent of the ozone would be depleted. By 2065, we would basically be walking around as charred mutants. Yup. Fun.
Even if we can avoid this future, the reality is that in a doomsday situation, we may be spending much of our time outside, and sun protection will be required, no matter your climate. While food storage prepping should still be your number one priority, please don’t neglect the importance of sun protection.
Here are some facts that can help you develop a sun protection plan.
- According to the Mayo Clinic, sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for three years. Many carry expiration dates.
- Some medications and products can increase the chance of sunburn. These sunburn boosters include St. John’s wort, acne drugs, perfumes, exfoliating skin care products, antibiotics, antihistamines (Benadryl), malaria medications, cardiac drugs, diabetic drugs and more.
- You will need more protection than you think. Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen and don’t apply it often enough. Stock up.
- There is no need to spend extra money on sunscreen that is higher than 30 SPF. The increase in percentage points of protection after that are small. There is no way to block out 100 percent of the radiation.
- Don’t rely only on sunscreen. Your prepping defense will need to include hats, sunglasses, protective clothing and portable sun-blocking shelters.
- Avoid being outside, if you can, during the most intense hours.
- Stock items for sun damage after care, including aloe vera, ibuprofen, hydrocortisone cream, vitamin E (you can take it as a supplement or rub the oil on your skin), extra water and gentle moisturizer. Cool compresses and cider vinegar are two proven home remedies that also treat a sunburn.
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