and the significance of each's role in the other's development i can't ;~~~~;

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry, mom, I'm just not that concerned about daily sun protection. Sunscreen without icky ingredients are difficult to find and often expensive (labelled as sensitive-friendly). I'm rarely in the sun for more than 5 minutes at a time (obviously I use sunscreen when I know I'll be outside for 20+ minutes). Besides, spending a couple minutes in the sun feels nice because vitamin d is nice. I just can't do it. (Also it made my skin xxtra dewy which is gross when you live in the south lmao).

Don’t apologize! Seeing that you messaged me, I assume on some level you want me to convince you to use sunscreen. Which, as a crazy sunscreen lady, I’m happy to try to do!

The concerns you have about sunscreen are common, legitimate concerns. Yet, every one of your concerns can be addressed by choosing the correct sunscreen and appreciating the affect that UV radiation has on the skin.

I’ll go through each of your concerns and then recommend you some sunscreens that I think will change your mind about sunscreen.

I’m just not that concerned:

I’m not gonna sugar-coat it; you should be. UV radiation is very real, ever present, and truly damaging.

“Wrinkles, leathery or sagging skin and brown spots. In fact, more than 90 percent of these visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun.

In addition to premature skin aging, the sun’s UV rays play a significant role in the development of skin cancer. In fact, about 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to its UV rays.” (x)

It can be hard to appreciate, because you won’t see the consequences of the damage you’re receiving until later on in life. The reality is that the choices you make right now concerning sun protection will have serious consequences down the line.

There are powerful, documented examples of the sun’s effects on the skin.

Ex. A truck driver, who’s had one half of his face more exposed to the sun throughout his career of truck driving: (x)

Ex. A pair of twins; one who sunbathes (along with other unhealthy behaviors) and the other who doesn’t: (x)

I can’t make you care about this stuff, but you should be informed. Sunscreen is first and foremost a method of preventative health care.

Icky ingredients:

Of course, your personal definition of what an “icky” ingredient is may vary from mine. However, I’ve discussed on this blog that the only UV filters you need to worry about are oxybenzone and octinoxate. I’ve also discussed and debunked some other commonly disliked ingredients.  


Sunscreen can be expensive, but it can also be quite affordable! As with most skin care, there’s something for every price range. Many Asian sunscreens can be bought at 50ml for under $10.

Limited sun exposure:

Obviously limiting your time outdoors reduces the amount of UV damage you receive, but keep this in mind: Sun damage is cumulative. This means that those 5 minutes each day add up to a significant amount of damage over time. Also, did you know that UV radiation passes through windows? That means any time spent near windows in your house or in the car exposes you to UV rays. Clouds, rain, and snow can’t even stop UV rays. So, you’re likely receiving far more UV radiation than you think.

Sunshine feels nice:

I won’t argue with you on that! However, with a nice lightweight sunscreen, you can enjoy the sunshine and protect yourself.

Vitamin D is nice:

I agree wholeheartedly; cue the supplements and dietary changes!

“Foods that provide vitamin D include:

Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
Beef liver
Egg yolks” (x)

600 IU is recommended if you choose to take supplements. This way, you can get the amount of Vitamin D you need without exposing yourself to sun damage.

Makes my skin dewy:

There are so many mattifying sunscreens out there, it’ll make your head spin!

Here’s some inexpensive, mattifying sunscreens with my approved UV filters and at least SPF 50/PA +++:

  • Etude House Mild Airy Finish Sunscreen (alcohol heavy, but well loved by those who live in hot climates)
  • Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Fluid (💖 ) (~$35, but it’s 200ml, so it would be about $8.70 for a standard 50ml bottle)
  • Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen
  • Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Triple Care

I hope I was able to convince you to wear your sunscreen! :)

anonymous asked:

I've been thinking lately: We always talk about Natsu being the chosen one and his destiny, but I get the feeling Lucy also has a destiny to fullfill. What got me thinking was that all major events/developments in FT seem to kick off from when she joined the guild. Of course that's just storytelling, but it seems to be more than that, because I can't see things going down the way they did without Lucy as catalyst. Also she's become more and more important and then there's "the day of (cont)

(cont) fateful encounter” special that marks Natsu and her meeting as important and destined. It would make sense for the other main character to have a destiny as well, right? Do you think I’m on to something?

Yes! I do think Lucy has her own destiny. It’s not as clearly stated as Natsu’s role, but I’ve been feeling this way since Tenrou, and here’s why:

Master Hades spoke of the Seven Kin as wizards he’d trained for years to use magic closest to the source of all magic. Natsu’s counterpart was Zancrow the fire god slayer, but one of the Kin was Zoldeo, a Celestial Spirit mage who’d fused with a Celestial Spirit owned by Lucy’s mother, Layla.

So, Celestial Spirit magic is close to the source of all magic, huh? My spidey senses are tingling.

Not only that, but when Hades spoke of the One Magic (the aforementioned source of magic), Lucy remembered that she had heard about it from her mother. Yep: Layla Heartfilia knew about this One Magic, the same magic that Zeref had been able to access.

That Layla was not a run-of-the-mill mage, that’s for sure!

So, with my radar still on high alert, we come to after the timeskip. In the anime-only KoSS arc, Mashima rids the world of most of its Celestial Spirit mages. By the time the GMG begin, the only two active C.S. mages left (probably) are Lucy and Yukino.

There are more of the supposedly super-rare dragon slayers than there are Celestial Spirit mages at this point!

And in the Eclipse part of the GMG arc, we learn that the Eclipse gates are magic from a book of Zeref, powered by—cue the trumpets—Celestial Spirit magic. Eclipse enables time travel, ie: if there’s funky timey-wimey stuff going on, there’s a good chance Celestial Spirit magic might be involved. (Ultear’s arc of time being the other type of magic you could consider a possibility. Except now Ultear’s left the storyline.)

In one of his discarded notes for the GMG arc, Mashima had doodled a scene with Lucy kneeling before Zeref, or something similar like that. That he had planned a significant interaction between those two characters, even if he didn’t use it that time, is telling.

And so we come to Tartaros. The elite of Tartaros, created from the books of Zeref, are the Nine Demon Gates. They have contracts with Marde, so that when they die, they regenerate in Hell’s Core. Hmm, sounds an awful lot like Celestial Spirits returning to the C.S. realm when they get hurt, right?

The demons are also known as Etherious, which I’m *guessing* is from classical mythology. The aether/ether was thought to be a different kind of air that filled the universe, different from the air we on earth breathe. I think this is another clue, linking the demons to the Celestial Spirits, who also inhabit another realm.

Again, Zeref’s the one who created these Etherious. I wonder if he used Celestial Spirits as templates for his demons? If Celestial Spirits are naturally occurring, did he twist the One Magic—the One Magic that Lucy’s mother told her was love—in order to create demons that are biological weapons? And no matter how evil the demons are, they are motivated by love of Zeref. They’re like abandoned children trying to return to their father figure. If they’re made out of the One Magic, you can still see glimmers of that love in them.

Marde and the Celestial Spirit King also know each other. The C.S. King remarked that Marde was STILL toting the book of E.N.D. around, even after all this time.

And now Marde is aware that one of the FT mages is a summoner capable of calling the Celestial Spirit King himself.

That has me feeling nervous for Lucy.

So yes, all signs indicate to me that Lucy also has a destiny. Fairy Tail began with Natsu and Lucy meeting, working together, growing as friends. And while it’s fitting that Natsu’s backstory and development finally take precedence, I think Lucy is going to have a crucial role to play in helping him deal with Zeref’s legacy. They are a great team after all!