- Category: Travel
- Created on 28 May 2014
- Written by Kirstin N. Fuller aka @TheTravelinDiva
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May is ‘Skin Cancer Awareness Month’and that’s the one time of year when emphasis is placed on protecting your skin from the suns damaging rays. Actually you should protect your skin from the sun’s rays every day, all day. If you’re planning a vacation this summer to a sunny destination there are a few rules that every vacationer should follow to protect their skin.
These are our top suggestions to help protect your most valuable asset, your skin...
- Stay in the shade or out of the direct sun between 10a-4p! This is the time when the UV rays from the sun are the strongest and most damaging.
- Sunscreen…sunscreen…sunscreen!Apply sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before you go outside. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours and every time you come out of the water. You should also use sunscreen (especially on your face) all year. A broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ is recommended. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to often forgotten areas like the back of your neck, eyelids and the top of your feet.
- Avoid getting sunburned. One severe sunburn as a child/young adult doubles your chances of developing a melanoma as an adult.
- Clothing is the best form of protection.Wear bright or dark colors when in the sun. Be stylish and comfortable in fabrics like cotton and linen.
- No shortcuts! Don’t take a suntan shortcut and use a tanning bed/booth. Direct exposure to UV lights for extended and frequent amounts of time have been directly linked to skin cancer.
Skin cancer is a lifestyle disease which means it is totally preventable. Protect yourself first and also the kids. Skin care experts suggest that parents/care takers should keep babies out of the sun as much as possible. However, you can use sunscreen on babies 6 months and older.
The best makeup you can wear is beautiful, healthy protected skin.
Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.
By The Travelin Diva ~ Kirstin N. Fuller