With summer here for many us, we all will be hading to the beach, or out camping, or just to our gardens and decks. BUT, we need to remember to cover up. Being a skin cancer survivor I make a point to learn about and use sunscreen. Therefore, I am going to get a little bit preachy with you today! The teacher in me is coming out to school ya!!
What I have learned is the following:
- We all need broad sprectrum sunscreen. The protects us from all types of UV rays, the ones that burn and the ones that cause cancer.
- Reapply every 2 hours with about an ounce. BE GENEROUS.
- The newest info says that NO SUNSCREEN IS WATERPROOF. FDA has passed regulations telling sunscreen companies they cannot say that their sunscreen is waterproof or waterproof.
- The shorter your shadow, the more damaging the sun.
- USE SHADE, CLOTHING, AND HATS TO COVER UP WHILE OUTSIDE. (Yes, I have heard some women say they do not want "hat head", but let me tell you, skin cancer is much harder to deal with than messing up your hair.
- ANY "TAN" IS AN INDICATION OF SKIN DAMAGE.
- With every sunburn a person gets, his or her chance of melanoma increases, drastically.
SEEK SHADE: shade is an orginal and natural kind of sunscreen. Stay in the shade for extra protection.
for more definitive information about shade and any other topics concerning the sun and your skin.
The bottom line is this: too much sun is NOT a healthy practice like we thought. Getting a tan, is not healthy. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and so many more people are being diagnosed with this disease. TAKE CARE of the skin your in. LOVE your pale complexion. Take vitamin D supplements.
BE SUN SMART, YOUR LIFE
MAY DEPEND ON IT!