Saturday, June 4, 2011

Lube 'em up!

Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, please shine down on me, but only when I have my sunscreen, hat, glasses, and UV shirt on...

Now with the weather getting better quickly and more and more appealing, just wanted to shed some light (pun intended) on the importance of sun safety

According to the Melanoma Foundation of New England, the sun is twice as powerful in the summer when it reflects off the water. It can also be magnified off the mist on a cloudy day. So it is very important to protect you and your family's skin dailyThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention also agree that children should be covered at all times.

So here are some tips:
Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 (MFNE recommends at least SPF 30) 30 minutes prior to going out- but don't forget to reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if sweating or swimming. And if you are as pasty as me you don't leave the house in anything less than SPF 50...

Wear protective clothing like hats, sunglasses, and shirts. Check out Coolibar which has received recognition from the American Academy of Dermatology, The Skin Cancer Foundation, and the Melanoma International Foundation.

Be aware of your skin. Check for funky looking moles with asymmetry, color and border irregularities, diameter over 1/4", and evolution (growth in size or height)

So lube 'em up and get 'em out...

Just FYI here is a link to The Skin Cancer Foundation's list of approved sunscreens

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