With Summer being in full swing, July is the best month focus on UV Safety Month.  Take it from a fair skin Chic from North West Pa, summers for me are filled with sunburns and bottles of Aloe.  I have lucked out this summer this it has probably rain every other day for a month.  I hate the way I feel with a sunburn and have had two moles removed.  Fortunately they were a blue nevus and an atypical nevus.  I also have a co-worker who lost a niece to melanoma, and is very vocal about sun protection.

Sunburns increase the chances of you getting skin cancer.  Common among children, people who have a pale skin type and/or sensitive skin.  Let’s see I can circle two of those, how about you.  The peak hours for sunburn are 10 am to 4 pm.  Reflection off of surfaces like sand, water, snow, and even windows can provide you with a sunburn.  So what can we do to try to prevent a burn.  Well we can seek shade.  Don’t forget our sunscreen, broad-spectrum with a SPF higher than 15.  Sunglasses, maybe even found a matching hat to go with your sunglasses, I am such a nut about matching accessories.  Also did you know 10 to 15 minutes in the sun a day will balance your Vitamin D levels.

What should we look for when we are shopping for our protection gear.  First let’s talk sunglasses.  You want ones that will cover enough of the eyes, large frames, and has a close fit.  They say the a wraparound style works best, also a lens that is brown in color.  Polarized lens help cut the glare, but may not have the added sun protection.  We have our shades, the let’s get the hat.  You want your hat to provide the protection for you.  A floppy brim is best if you are being lazy at the beach.  They also recommend bucket hats which would be for an active time in the sun.  Then there is the sloped brim hat, which is my choice.  I think they look like a fishing hat, they great for your eyes and face.  But if you wear this hat slop the sunscreen on your skin.  Make sure it is breathable, or you will have one sweaty head.  Found a hat with ventilation on the sides.  Comfort, I hate a hat that does not fit right.  Durability, found a hat that will be able to take a beating.  Now we are all set to have fashionable day worshiping the sun.  Which reminds me I need to look for a new hat and maybe a new pair of shades.  Shopping is a girl’s best way to waste time.

Here are 12 ways to get your Vitamin D

  1. Sunlight
  2. Fatty fish-Salmon, Trout, Mackerel, tuna, Eel
  3. Canned Tuna
  4. Certain Mushrooms
  5. Some types of OJ
  6. Fortified milk
  7. Supplements
  8. Egg Yolks
  9. Fortified Cereal
  10. Beef Liver-Now that is gross!
  11. Cod Liver Oil
  12. UV Lamps and Bulbs

I found this on the American Cancer Society site for Skin Cancer Prevention.  They call it Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap.  It reminded me of a mid 90s rap song title.  Any who you SLIP on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat.  Wrap on a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!

Later,

Pam

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