Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Slip Slop Slap

My friend Jane @ Artfully Graced did a GREAT, informative post on skin cancer awareness recently and because this is such an important health issue I want you to be sure to read it here. Jane gives us the straight facts and explains how SPF works.

"We all love the sun, but the sun doesn't always love us back in nice ways." Follow Jane's advice and get the facts before you pack up for that next trip to the beach (and all those "other" places where the sun is shining). Don't just be safe when you're planning a day in the sun, play it safe when you're outside planting petunias, or you're out walking the dog, even driving in the car with your arm hanging out the window.

Another of my favorite bloggers left a comment on Jane's post. Julie @ Being Ruby is Australian and wrote that they've "had a sun protection campaign since 1981 that has a little song with it.. Slip Slop Slap.. meaning to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat."

Great advice ladies, thanks for bringing this up now that the cold weather has disappeared and the days are getting hotter and HOTTER!

Note: If you haven't signed up for Julie's latest giveaway, be sure to click on the link in my sidebar. 

I have a stack of hats right by my front door; under the straw hats are various visors and a couple of baseball caps. You'll find sunscreen in my purse, the side pocket of my beach chair, and in my car. 

While I love the beach, I am not a fan of sunburns or getting a tan. Other people on the beach probably think I'm a tourist, I don't have a deep, dark tan and never have. I love shade, umbrellas and big-brimmed hats!

I wanted to hear the song from the Australian campaign, so of course, I went to youtube and wasn't disappointed. Each of these videos are only about a minute long and since I couldn't decide which one to post, I chose three of my favorites. G' job Australia, woo hoo!

The iconic Slip Slop Slap commercial — this one is from 1983.

Here's another from 1987!

Let's jump to 2009, when Sid Seagull adds two more "S" tips to his message.

Before you head out the door, remember

Slip on a Shirt

Slop on Sunscreen

Slap on a Hat

Seek Shade

Slide on Sunglasses

I'm adding this to Outdoor Wednesday over at A Southern Daydreamer, I know all those bloggers are outdoorsy types, are you?

19 Thoughtful Comments:

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for this is soooo important to slap on the sunscreen!


Lindsay-ann said...

We used a gallon of that stuff when we visited Florida. I can imagine if you actually live there it can be easy to forget. We only usually have about 2 weeks of really hot weather a year in England if we are lucky. When we visited Florida we must have stood out like a sore thumb we looked so white!
Thanks for highlighting the dangers on your blog and reminding us all.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I usually only go out (and to the beach) after 4PM too. Late afternoon/early evening is my favorite time of day anyways.

Blondie's Journal said...

I like the 'exposure' that sunscreen is getting. It's so important. I am finding that as I get older, I like to sit in the shade. No more sunbathing for me (and I loved being brown as a berry). Great advice!


Loui♥ said...

Loved the videos..
"borrowed and posted to my FaceBook page..
wonderful Idea about the array of hats by the door..
Will institute that at my sis' while there..
and yes.. she already has my sunscreen and straw hat waiting in my room!
Thanks for posting this really valuable public service announcement at such a perfect weather and beach time..
Like Maya, I too prefer the early morning or late afternoon beachy walks..used to a super tan beachy am paying dearly with brown spots (my Dr says Wisdom spots because I'm much too young to have AGE spots!!)
and lastly.. love your photo!!
hugs and smiles!!

Jane said...

Thanks for passing on this valuable information. So many of us do not take proper care of our skin, thus opening the door to so many problems. What is difficult, too, is teaching that sunscreen is not only for vacations on the beach, but it's truly necessary everywhere and everyday. Some of the worst burns I have had were when I lived in PA...on a gloomy day!

Love the Aussie commercials! Notice the newest one reminds us to use sun glasses and seek shade. This is IMPORTANT, too. My sis just had cataract surgery and must now wear polarized sunglasses whenever she is outdoors. Something to think about...

Hugs to you,
Jane (artfully graced)

Regina said...

Hello Rhonda.
Gorgeous hats!
Great post and info.
Thanks for sharing.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is SO important. I've had family members who have had skin cancer, and I can tell you first hand how important it is to protect yourself from the sun.

Thanks for sharing, Rhonda.

Did you get my email? I didn't know if you saw it or not.


Sheila :-)

rjerdee said...

Thanks again for the skin reminder...true even for those of us who have flown north for the summer.
Love your hat stack!!! Gives me a sense of your interior decorating style when I look around at your curtains, etc.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Cute hat, cute outfit and cute post! I just want to let you know your dishes were shipped a few days ago, so hopefully you will be seeing them soon!

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for the info and great post.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Rhonda
Fabulous hats and fabulous pink top you have.. .love it..

Well.. it is so true how important the Slip Slop Slap routine is.. I have to say although we are still nutty sun worshipers over here .. but there is a lot more common sense in the mix these days.. I think that big old whole in the ozone floating over Australia has some influence..

Thanks for sharing the message. I think it is an important one to instill in children as their skin need protection most....

Have a wonderful day my friend.. xxx Julie and slip slop slap!!

Ebie said...

Rhonda, I am glad you are not far from the ocean! Love the smell of the sea salt.

Thanks for featuring this post. We always make sure we have one SPF 45 in the car. We always apply it 30 minutes before we leave the house for our outdoor hobby.

Have a great week!


The Fajdich Times said...

I am so loving your new adventures. The sunscrean is my best friend. For years now it is part of my daily routine, even in the winter.

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Ms. Bake-it said...

Hi Rhonda,

Love your hats! I am rather fanatical about the application of sunscreen. I have family and friends who have skin cancer because of their years in our Florida sun. I stopped tanning years ago. I still go out in the sun but I make sure I am adequately covered. I shudder when I think of all the years I stayed on the bow of our sailboats in a bikini and baby oil. I have an aunt named Cookie, but my boys called her Burnt Cookie! She looked almost as bad as the woman in the picture on Jane's blog! Thanks for passing on the information.

~ Tracy

Simple Daisy said...

Great reminder!! Here in Indiana I just feel so happy when the sun actually shines that I forget to put on my sunscreen! Now i'll think of your little tune!

CrazyCris said...

Ooooh! those are excellent videos, and such fun!!! thx for sharing!

As a freckled-redhead I know all too well the dangers of the sun... my problem is I hate the sticky sunscreen feeling! So I mostly avoid being outdoors at all between 11 and 5 during the summer. And I constantly have to remind myself to "slop" on the sunscreen... sigh!

Jen Beaudet Z said...

That's so smart of you! I have sunburned too many times and now I pretty much stay out of the sun; well, at least I don't lay in it for hours like I used to! Thanks for stopping by my blog but I have to confess I made a mistake. The flowers were fresias not plumeria! I got them mixed up! Sorry:) Take care! Jennifer:)

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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