Of course we need to use sun protection year round, but Spring Break signals beach time and sunbathing so it’s a good time to remind everyone 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 this goes for men as well).
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 I’ve had a variety of treatments to take care of skin cancer on my face, arms, and back.
Living in Florida is like living in paradise. The perfect place to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, bicycling, and theme parks in the famous Florida sunshine; however, as Floridians we’re also exposed to more UV radiation than those living farther from the equator so we need to take more precautions. Exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of cataracts, suppresses the immune system, and prematurely ages our 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 everyone to use protection…protection from the harmful rays of the sun!
Originally published on Mom’s Monday Memo March 24, 2014.