Taking care of your skin during the Summer
Having been born, raised and still living in Florida I’ve had my fair share of the Florida sun. Growing up we spent many weekends, at the beach, pool, and on our boat soaking up the summer sun. I don’t remember using anything with sun screen, or protection from the sun. I’d spread out my blanket, turn on the radio, grab my book and bask like a butterball turkey in the hot sun.
After becoming a mom I became more aware of the damages the sun can do to our skin and health. I’ve always covered my children from head to toe with sunscreen. It’s amazing how after becoming a mom, we start to think of the risks etc of doing certain things. Like roasting in the sun.
We do things like what I mentioned above, because we care and love our children, and want to protect them. But for most the effects of the sun isn’t something we have a lot of knowledge of. Many become more aware of the effects after a family member, friend mentions their story to us. There was a turning point for me when I stopped becoming aware and became educated. I have family members that have had to have growths, patches, spots checked and removed. My uncle had lip cancer, my cousin had lip cancer that eventually moved to inside her mouth. My uncle eventually passed away after the cancer returned and my cousin had to have part of her tongue remove and is living an ongoing battle now. Both were sun lovers and my cousin was my sunbathing partner when I was younger.
I tell you the above stories in hopes to stimulate your need to know more about sun and its damaging effects. Through my need to learn more, I learnt that visiting a derm doctor is important for everyone. While having my eyes checked not to long ago, the doctor mentioned I should have a mole checked by a dermatologist as soon as possible. I remember leaving his office somewhat annoyed, thinking “what on earth could an eye doctor know about moles anyways!” I later remember that he was looking at my eye through a microscope thingy and he could have probably seen the surface of the mole easily. I later called a local dermatologist and scheduled an appointment. My family history, age, and my prolonged exposure to the sun, year spent in tanning beds, I am the classic risk patient and visit regularly.
I will spent my summer smearing on sunscreen, more time in the shade, and being thankful that the years I spent unprotected in the sun didn’t cause much damage to my skin. Below are a few tips to help you protect your skin during the summer months.
- Wear sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher (water proof is the best)
- Protect your eyes while in the sun, by wearing sun glasses with uv protection
- Wide brim hats can protect your head, ears and face
- Lip Balm with SPF protection
- Make-up with SPF protection