You know as well as I that you need to use sun protection year round, but Spring Break signals beach time and sunbathing so it’s a good time to remind you to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
- Use sunscreen EVERY day. It’s easy to protect your face with moisturizer and makeup since most include sunscreen, but don’t forget other parts of your body exposed to the sun.
- Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours. This is especially important for days at the beach, boating, fishing, or any other all day outdoor activity.
- Wear a broad brimmed hat to protect your face and head from the sun (and encourage the men you care about to do the same!)
- Wear UV blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes and eyelids.
- Clothing serves as a great protector from the sun. Long-sleeve shirts and pants work wonders. The more skin you cover, the better.
- Whatever you do, DO NOT BURN! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, doubles if you burn 5 times in your life.
And don’t forget to examine your skin from head to toe regularly. I’ve had basal cell skin cancer in my scalp which is hard to explain since my scalp has always been covered with a head full of hair, and both Dad and I have had a variety of treatments to take care of skin cancer on our faces, arms, and backs.
My cousin recently celebrated her 40th birthday at UNC meeting with doctors and a medical team regarding participation in a clinical trial to treat her re-occurrence of melanoma, so it’s obvious that you’re not too young to start thinking about protecting your skin.
Living in Florida, you live in paradise. The perfect place to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, bicycling, and theme parks in the famous Florida sunshine; however, you’re also exposed to more UV radiation than those living farther from the equator so you need to take more precautions. Exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of cataracts, suppresses the immune system, and prematurely ages your skin, and of course it causes skin cancer. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s “only skin cancer”…because it’s still cancer. Be smart. Enjoy paradise, but use precaution when in the sun.
Yes, it’s Spring Break, time to remind you to use protection…protection from the harmful rays of the sun!