I swear, I can spend an entire working outside in America, wear not a drop of suncream all summer, and not get burnt once. But the second I’m under the New Zealand sun I will burn to a crisp if I’m not wearing any.
There’s no doubt that suncream is a hugely important part of camp fashion. The harsh NZ sun will get you when you least expect in – as well as when you most expect it – so the madrichim try to have a stockpile of suncream on hand, ready for any occasion.
One of the most important days to wear suncream is on tiyul day. Hours in the sun can be dangerous if we’re not covered up, but luckily the madrichim have got your back! Unfortunately, we might not always have your back; a few of our madrichim are quick to recount the time that their madrichim gave them suncream for their tiyul, which was all very well and good until they started itching. Left and right there were inexplicable breakouts as irritated rashes burst forth on faces, arms, legs and necks. That is, they were inexplicable until someone checked the expiry date on the suncream bottle.
We’ve learnt our lesson, and now check the dates on all of the suncreams we have before we lather it on our chanichim. But if you’re not a fan of rashes, come to me – I’ll have the sensitive skin suncream.