Top Sun Protection Tips

Did you know May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month? With summer around the corner thoughts of vacation, laying poolside, and outdoor activities are filling everyone’s head. Well everyone except for me!

I did enough damage in my youth and pretty much avoid the sun’s rays. I know it feels lovely on the skin but the sun is lying to you, it will always win in the end.

If you enjoy summer fun here are some important tips. Remember, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, “UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.”

Please take a moment to take a peek at your sunscreen inventory. You probably need more than you think.

-Is your sunscreen from last year and/or close to expiring? You’ll want to make sure your SPF is at least 30 to 50. (Also it’s a great idea to keep an extra container in your purse but I wouldn’t leave one in the car. Heat will degrade the key ingredients causing it to be ineffective.) If you have a cooler thats a great place to keep it.

Sprays, powders, and stick sunscreens are great for reapplication. Don’t forget often overlooked places where skin cancer and sunburns occur: ears, scalp, back of the neck, and tops of feet.

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A baseball hat is fine for quick trips but not enough for all day protection.

-Do you have a wide-brimmed hat? There are many that you can fold and throw into your bag. Watch out for loose weave material that lets sunlight in. Best case scenario, you have a hat with built in SPF. Keep one with you always!

-Do you keep an umbrella in your car? Sometimes an impromptu idea can leave you unprotected, but with an umbrella you’ll always have portable shade. I’ve always wanted to start a movement to make parasols fashionable!

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I’d love to hear how you protect your skin from sun damage. Remember it’s easier to prevent than to repair and there’s no such thing as a safe tan! Sunless tanner is the smart move.

For more tips, visit the American Academy of Dermatology and read, Do You Use Protection?

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