Sweet, sweet summertime... the season of extra hours of sunshine in the day, warmer temperatures that beckon pool days or lazy days at the lake, a golf course calling your name, a summer vacation at the beach. And, if you have skin cancer, a season that may leave you feeling like you have to miss out on the fun.
It’s nearly impossible to avoid all exposure to the sun, but it is possible to be sun smart. If you’re at the beach, having an umbrella or some other form of shade is helpful in protecting you from the direct rays of the sun. Make sure you apply a sunscreen with sufficient SPF to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply the sunscreen throughout your day. Try to avoid being out in the hours of the strongest rays, typically between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wearing a hat helps protect your head and face. You may even want to consider purchasing sun-protective clothing, which is much more fashionable than it used to be.
The good news is that you don’t have to miss out on summer fun. And the better news? You’ll be able to enjoy your sweet summertime even more, knowing you’re taking good care of your skin.
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