Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Skin

It's out there, exposed, demanding coverage. Once sleeves are short and legs are bare, invisible  protectors must come to the rescue: the creams and ointments and sprays. Sunscreen, 30, 50 or even 70. Mosquito repellent, too.

These are fine, indeed necessary, but you often don't have them when you need them. Already I've had chiggers, mosquito bites, a touch of poison ivy and two spider bites.

So bring on the remedies: the calamine, hydrocortisone and witch hazel. I'd forgotten about that last one, but dabbing it on itchy skin is not only soothing but also an olfactory trip to the past, to childhood's itches and scrapes and the more basic first-aid that fought them. (Is there anything else that smells like witch hazel?)

Now, let's see if it makes me itch any less. It's summer, and the living is easy. Until you roll up your sleeves.

(Photo: Wikipedia)

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