“Can’t you use a sunscreen?”
Sunscreen and glass only partially block UV light. While that may be good enough for many, it does nothing for me. I am harmed by the range of visible light, or the range of violet to blue light, generally from 350nm to 500nm, with 400nm-450nm being the most intense.
After such an explanation, the next question that invariably follows goes something like this, “But then how do you… y’know… (insert common daily activity or enjoyable pastime here)?” Or, in other words, “How do you be alive? …y’know, how is it that your life has any meaning other than locking yourself away in the cold, dark abyss where no one would know about you and I wouldn’t have to think outside the box of my everyday life, pondering the existential frailty of the human condition?”
Well, seeing as you asked…
The first, and most effective, method of protection is, hands down, avoidance. Avoidance, however, is fluid and not always possible to the extent that I need. What I mean by fluid is worth a blog post all on its own, but it should not be difficult to imagine that avoiding the sunlight can be a difficult endeavor.
For those times that I am not able to be inside, such as during my commute to work, I wear heavy clothing. Although heavy clothing does not protect me 100%, it increases my tolerance and allows me to emerge from the cold, dark abyss every now and then.
Here are the clothes that allow me to venture forth into a sunlit world.
I previously had included short backgrounds for the process of choosing each item of clothing in one long article, but have since decided to condense and simplify. I determined that giving brief summaries of the difficulties encountered during my search made this post feel discursive and was otherwise inadequate for those of you who may need more detailed information. If you or or a loved one is struggling with EPP, or if you’re just interested in learning more, I have included links below each respective photo to separate posts with information about why and how I chose each piece of clothing and where I found them.
Perhaps the most fashionable accessory of the anti-sun ensemble is my hat.
Although somewhat vogue, these gloves are bad to the bone.
Who is that masked man??
Practicality and comfort.
Denim or canvas is always in style.
All together, abandoning the comfort of darkness.
And, before you ask, the answer is, Yes, I am very hot, thank you very much.