(Reposted from 2010. With all the outdoor activities I do in the summertime I need a reminder sometimes to apply sunscreen. I need to be using it when I commute to work by bike, and when Michael and I are spending time in our vegetable garden! So here is your friendly reminder, posted originally last summer when I was running outside a lot.)
Protecting Your Skin
Recently, a dear friend of mine went through a horrible ordeal with skin cancer. She was diagnosed by her doctor after she complained about a patch of skin on her face that was always itchy. A biopsy or two later and it was for sure cancer. She had surgery to remove the spot and went through chemotherapy. Luckily she is okay now, but it was a scary time. It really made me wake up to my lazy sunscreen ways too.
You only have one skin. With the sun coming out on a regular basis now, it’s time to remember SUN SCREEN.
Check out the WebMD page on Moles, Freckles and Skin Tags. If you aren’t checking your skin on a regular basis, that needs to change.
1. WEAR SUNSCREEN. Even if it’s cloudy!
2. Stay in the shade when you can.
3. Wear a hat or visor when running outside in the sun.
4. Sun is the highest and hottest from 10am – 4pm. Avoid being outside during those times if you can.
5. Ultraviolet rays are are amplified when they bounce off water. If you’re relaxing by the pool or in a boat on the lake, reapply sunscreen as much as you can.
6. Drink lots of water during the summer.
7. Be aware of the size and color of moles and freckles you already have. Go to your doctor asap if they change in shape, size or color.
8. REI and other fitness stores often make clothes that protect against ultraviolet rays.
9. Don’t miss spots when applying sunscreen. Ask a friend to get hard to reach places. Don’t forget your ears, neck and nose!
10. Good UVA sunglasses can lower the risk of developing cataracts later in life.
1. Use higher than SPF 15.
2. Look for the words “Broad-Spectrum sunscreen” that protects against UVA and UVB.
3. Apply 20 minutes before going outside.
4. RE-APPLY sunscreen often. (This is where I often lapse in judgment.)
5. If you’re a runner, buy a sunscreen product that says “Sport”. It’s less likely to smear or run in your eyes when you sweat.
6. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your feet! Burned toes hurt like a mother effer!
QUESTION: Do you use sunscreen religiously?