By Diane Ako
I've turned into one of those Asian ladies who wear long, white gloves and carry an umbrella while in the sun. Laugh if you will, and I know you will because all my friends have, but I have finally become sensible about skin.
We all know the cumulative effects of sun exposure put us at higher risk of cellular damage: early wrinkling, age spots, actinic keratoses, and skin cancer -- including melanoma, the most serious type. A few months ago, I bought white gloves that go up to the elbow and I keep it in the car for driving.
Sometimes I don't put the right-side glove on because it interferes with the touch screen dashboard. On a quick errand, I got lazy and left the left-side glove on and got out. My acquaintance whom I was dropping something off with thought I had some medical issue or an ugly scar I was hiding. I laughed and explained it was just for sun shielding.
Olivia is always covetous of the fancy, princess-like glove, and asks if we can share. Claus' reaction is totally the opposite, and he always snickers at me.
Naturally, you can extrapolate that I try to avoid the beach or pool at high noon, and when I do go, I'm covered in a long-sleeved rash guard, sunglasses, sunblock, hat, and long surf shorts. If I could wear a burquini and not totally stand out, I would.
Therefore, when I read about the latest trend in sun protection, I enjoyed finding solidarity with women a continent away. Chinese women are wearing sun masks! It looks like a ski mask, but of thinner material. It's totally freaky looking, but I'm sure it's to prevent one from becoming... totally freaking looking later.
How long do you think until this trend hits Hawaii shores?