seek skin refuge
Unless you live in a cave, exposure to the sun is inevitable. But you can take precautions and protect you and your loved ones from sun damage.
- Generously apply a water-resistant sunscreen with minimum SPF 15 and UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun each day. Reapply every 2 hours if you're in direct sun. A sufficient amount for your entire body is 1 ounce, or about 2 tablespoons.
- Don't forget those kissable lips, be sure to use a lip balm that's SPF 15 or higher.
- Cover up! Use a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long sleeved shirt or pants. Don't be shy, fashion comes second here.
- Seek shade between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun's burning rays are strongest. And don't worry, no one will think you're a wimp.
- Use extra caution near the water, sand and snow as they can reflect and strengthen the sun's rays. Can you say double ouch?
- You may claim the Vitamin D defense when sunbathing. But you can still get Vitamin D safely through diet and supplements without putting your skin at risk.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should only be used on babies over the age of 6 months.
- Examine your skin from head to toe every month and see your physician annually for a professional skin exam. Early detection is best.