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SUMMERTIME SCRAPES

For some reason, I am always falling and scraping myself in the summer. Or, to be fair, I probably fall and scrape myself all year round, and it’s just more noticeable in the summertime because I’m wearing skirts and short sleeves. Regardless, I feel like I spend May through September as a walking canvas of leg-shaving mishaps, mosquito bites scratched too hard, and peeling sunburns.

How is a girl to look her best under these conditions?

First, band-aids don’t have to be boring just because they are functional. Like anything that serves a purpose, band-aids can be unobtrusive, or they can make a fashion statement. A statement like, “I like bacon.”

Or, “I like unicorns.”  I really do like unicorns, by the way. To the point where I own these band-aids. And wear them proudly.

That said, it’s possible to make a personal fashion statement with band-aids without going completely over the top and plastering your face in them, a la rapper Nelly. Don’t do this: 

Of course, I may be biased against the face bandage because I really don’t like Nelly. 

Anyway, if you don’t want to parade around your office in statement-making band-aids, you may want to try not messing up your skin in the first place. For me, this would mean not riding my bike, since I am categorically incapable of bicycling without somehow bashing a shin into a pedal or cutting my ankle on the gears or doing something else laughably klutzy. Also, preserving your skin means wearing excellent sunscreen, like this: 

And where prevention fails, there’s always post-wound treatment for your scars, like Mederma. 

Finally, I should note that when I was a teenager, I used to apply facial concealer to the various summertime scars on my legs. I’m not saying I recommend this approach, as it’s clearly vanity run amok. But I think you should know the option is there…