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Husband Guy's Frolick Day

weather: cloudy/sunny
outside: 22°C
mood: okay
music: Luciano Pavarotti - Torna a Surriento

Husband Guy's company took them all to Playland today. There are only 10 of them, so they do a whole company outing after a few projects are done. It started out cloudy this morning, so I didn't make him take the sunscreen with him. But it got really sunny in the afternoon. He's now burned in the face and in the arms. *BIG SIGH* If I don't hog-tie him down and baste him myself, he won't use it.

He'd better not put up a fight about putting on Vitamin E/Aloe After-Sun tonight. I told him calmly on the way home that it was irresponsible of him to not use sunscreen, especially after I did my best to find a non-oily-gucky one (I got the Bain de Soleil spray, on nicosian's recommendation... she hates gucky sunscreens as well). I think he got the message. He didn't say anything about hating the smell or anything else. He just looked at me with remorse-ish face and nodded.

He hates lotions and having anything on his skin. I can understand this, but there comes a time when it's obvious that you need a moisturizer. In the winter, his skin gets incredibly dry to the point of cracking and bleeding... and he's STILL fighting me off about using the yucky, girlie-smelly moisturizer. It's Jergens Replenishing Multi-Vitamin Lotion [Very Dry]. It disappears as soon as you rub it into your skin. It smells like watermelon. I've field tested tons of them for his requirements.

It was only after yelled at him that I couldn't believe he didn't understand that germs get into your body through open wounds that he agreed to use it reluctantly. And only with a backrub. *ppthththt*

Boys are such twits sometimes... =P


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Aug. 26th, 2002 07:25 pm (UTC)
I've used the Ban de Soliel spray all summer. Wandered around playland in the sun all day friday.

And "little miss spontaneous combustion" me, not even red. Not brown. Just a slight dab darker than ghost pale.

All sunscreens are oily, but the spray's darn tolerable. I quite like it.

It also doesn't have a scent.

Wear sunscreen, boy!

Now. anyone got tips for getting my mom and sis out of the tanning booths?
Aug. 26th, 2002 07:33 pm (UTC)
Re: sunscreen!
Now. anyone got tips for getting my mom and sis out of the tanning booths?

*sigh* One or both of them to go through a painful Skin Cancer/Skin Disease episode... but you meant getting them out of tanning booths _before_ that happened, right? =\
Aug. 26th, 2002 07:46 pm (UTC)
heh. Yeah.
They think a "base tan" is safe. It only provides spf 2.

They figure "it looks nice." And 30 years from now, leathery skin will be the bane of their existence.

They figure "only live once." And I said Death by cancer would end that pretty well. Never mind the treatment for, would put a damper on that living once deal.

They then said "everything causes cancer." I said, maybe, but it makes sense to control what you can, because cancer just sucks, in my books.

My sister is 3 years younger than me and looks ten years older. Mom is leathery. I think Louie the Iguana had a smoother hide.

I only suppose they might be aiming for the two for one cancer treatment special.
Aug. 26th, 2002 08:33 pm (UTC)
try this
Yeah we are twits. XD

Thought you might find this interesting. According to the research I've been exposed to (it was a prelimininary survey) at school, married men will begin to use hand lotions and all those "girlie-smelling" products a few years after marriage. One catch though! Just be sure to keep a lot of those products around and in plain sight. He'll grow accustomed to seeing it and will start using it. (usually in secret and without your knowledge at first; most women in the survey noticed that their bottles of hand lotion seemed to go really quickly but pretended not to notice and allowed their husbands to experiment with the stuff)

Oh, and you might want to change your approach to get him to warm to the idea. The backrub was a good call to make. To speed up this process, you might want to reinforce this positive behaviour by complimenting him on how great he smells with it on. Or how it drives you wild. Something like that. I'm fairly certain that he'll respond positively.

Something I never forgot from Economics: People respond to incentives.
Aug. 26th, 2002 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: try this
He's been good about the Aloe gel, but he's mighty red right now... =P

People respond to incentives.

*ahem* Yeah, I said "backrub", I left out the "naked" part XD
Aug. 26th, 2002 09:44 pm (UTC)
Aug. 26th, 2002 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, didn't want to freak people out with TMI =D
Aug. 27th, 2002 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: try this
*ahem* Yeah, I said "backrub", I left out the "naked" part XD

That made me giggle, especially since I've never seen you write anything like that before :P
Aug. 26th, 2002 11:27 pm (UTC)
OMG I have the exact same attitude about sunscreen as your Husband Guy! The stuff smells bad and feels gross! And I always get scolded by my parents, girlfriend, etc. about putting that crap on. Fortunately, I've never been sunburned before (knock on wood). :)

I've heard about that spray thing by Bain de Soleil. I'll hafta give it a try, and let you know what I think.

My skin's pretty dry too, especially during the winter. For Husband Guy, I recommend Neutrogena's Hand Cream. It comes in a small 50ml tube (in a box) and shouldn't be too hard to find in stores (London Drugs, Superstore, Zellers, etc). On the package it says "It's so concentrated that a small amount leaves hands noticeably softer and smoother." You can use it other parts too, not just the hands. Not oily at all. And the great thing about it? It's fragrance free! (I'm sure Husband Guy prefers the watermelon smell on you rather than himself) :)
Aug. 27th, 2002 09:42 am (UTC)
It's fragrance free!

Yeah, we have the Neutrogena Hand Cream too. MIL Woman bought the 100mL pump bottle for everyone to use.

I've found (and W agrees) that the products that claim to be "fragrance free" smell like rotting plastic or at least have this plasticky smell. And depending on the product, the "unscented" one smells even stronger than the scented ones =P I've always tried to find milder smelling or quick fading ones.

The Neutrogena Hand Cream isn't too bad, but I still prefer something lightly scented...

The thing that frustrated me is that it isn't about vanity, it isn't even about looking good or smelling nice (although not-smelling-like-an-ape would be good =). It's about taking care of his health. The skin is a part of your Immune System in a big way and it shouldn't be neglected any more than persistant pain.

W's beginning to understand this now, so s'all good. =}
Aug. 26th, 2002 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, but if it smells like WATERMELON, who wants to be wearing it?
Aug. 27th, 2002 09:08 am (UTC)
But at least watermelon is a more gender neutral smell... it's not like I'm making him wear Baby Powder or Flower Power or something.
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