Did you know that May is ‘Skin Cancer Awareness’ month? Protect Your Skin!
Here at Passenger156.com we love vacationing and enjoying summer fun in the sun. We also love protecting our most valuable asset…our skin. Since May is ‘Skin Cancer Awareness’ month we’ve found a few tips to help you protect your most valuable asset while on vacation.
Here are a few easy to follow tips that will help protect your skin every day and on vacation…
- Let the shade be your BFF! Shade is our friend especially when visiting a tropical destination. It’s best for our skin to seek the shade especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm. During these peak hours the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Cover up! Yes, that skimpy bikini is eye catching and you look fabulous but…you need to cover up while out in the sun during peak hours. Cover up with clothing and don’t forget a wide brimmed hat.
- Broad spectrum sunscreen is BEST! If you love the sun and enjoy being in it often especially on vacation, using a broad spectrum sunscreen is your best defense. Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Why do we need protection from these types of sun rays? UVA rays cause the skin to age and UVB rays are the rays that cause the skin to burn. Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen with and SPF protection of 15 or higher especially on your face.
- Use the 1 ounce rule. Sunscreen should be applied to your body 30 minutes before you go outside (daily and on vacation). A dab won’t do ya! (lol) To be effective you need to use 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons of sunscreen all over your body. Re-apply every 2 hours and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. Teach your kids this rule and practice at home especially on the weekends. Start the habit early, like yesterday!
- Examine your skin! Take a good, in-depth look at your skin every month. Becoming familiar with your skin will help you notice any changes immediately. Ladies do it around the same time as you do your monthly breast exam.
New Moms should also know that newborns should be kept out of the sun. Sunscreen should not be used on babies until they are 6 months old. Don’t forget your sunglasses. A good pair with UVA/UVB protection can go a long way to protect the sensitive skin around your eyes.
There’s a widely held belief that African Americans don’t need to use sunscreen…WRONG! Everybody and I mean everybody (all shades & skin types) needs to use sunscreen daily. Skin cancer strikes all races and all ages.
For more tips and information on the sun and your skin, please visit www.skincancer.org. Remember when you know better you do better!
Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.
By The Travelin Diva ~ Kirstin N. Fuller