Now that the kids are out of school and vacation time is here, it’s time to plan some fun in the sun – a vacation or a few days at the beach or perhaps a camp out.
Before your plans get too far down the road, remember the sun is hot in summer, hot enough to burn skin – even up north. Keep sunblock (SPF 50 or higher) available on every trip where outdoor exposure is likely. Wear sun protective clothing when coloring the skin is not your intention. And do a skin self-examination – check where you can see and have a close friend check those areas you can’t see – like the shoulders, the back, the buttocks, and the back of the thighs.
Now that you’re fully armed with sunscreen go enjoy your summer!
Max Hammonds, MD, MPH, MHA
Source: PositiveChoices.com. Used with permission.