Sorry that I was MIA last week… it was a crazy one and unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to post anything on my blog. So to make up for it, I’m going to post TWICE this week (woo!!)!
I’ve posted a couple of times already about it but May is skin cancer awareness month and as it is a topic that is very important to me (you can check out why here), I wanted to take all of my posts this month and devote it to blogging about protecting yourself from the sun. I do have to point out that I am no doctor, but unfortunately, have dealt with the repercussions of not taking care of my skin over the years. So my goal here is to share the things that I have learned over the past 5 years about being safe in the sun so that I can help prevent this happening to someone else.
Anyways… I wanted to post some tips that I have that I think is crucial in protecting your skin from the suns bright rays…
Wear SPF EVERY DAY
This is a must in everyone’s day today. I’m not saying that you need to throw on your stinky sunscreen every day, but there are easier (and less smelly) ways you can incorporate SPF into your day. I am actually working on another post with my favorite daily moisturizers that contain SPF. Stay tuned for that this week :)!
Never use the tanning bed
I was SO irresponsible when I was in college and used the tanning bed WAY too often… I thought that being tan was beautiful and a result of that is the fact that I am constantly dealing with types of skin cancers being removed. My biggest advice here is to embrace your skin color and take care of it.
Visit your dermatologist once a year
They say that you should be visiting your dermatologist once a year for a skin check-up. In these check-ups, the doctor examines your entire body from head to toe for spots that may not look healthy. Unfortunately, given my skin situation, I have to visit the dermatologist every 6 months. As annoying as this is, it is what I have to do to make sure that I’m taking care of myself.
Cover up or sit in the shade
I am a big fan of hats as they are the cutest and best way to protect your face from the sun. I posted my favorite hats about 2 weeks ago. You can check it out here. Also, make sure you are not always exposed to the sun. Take breaks and go inside or sit in the shade if possible. Please note that the shade doesn’t protect you fully from the sun’s rays.
Check your own skin
Again, I am no doctor, but since I’m always getting spots removed, I make sure that I keep track of my moles. It’s important to always be examining your own skin and to call your doctor if you notice something that looks off (or if a mole is changing). Check out this website on how to check your skin.