Summertime and the living are easy!
Man, listening to Ella Fitzgerald singing that song makes me want to go outside, sit in the warmth of the sun with my gin & tonic, and a good book. The truth is I can’t lay in the sun anymore. I never should have all those years back when I lathered up with baby lotion to get a tan. I’ve been lucky so far that I haven’t had skin cancer, but I’ve had a few big scares. I’ve read that the older we get the longer we’ve been exposed to the sunlight which is one of the many reasons we’re at higher risk for skin cancer.
I don’t know about you but I want to live, and a lot of that living has to do with being outside. I like to garden, walk on the beach, play in the pool with my grandchildren, watch them play sports, and walk my dog. So, how can I do that and be safe too?
I did my research, and while many of the things I learned I was already doing. The things I read made me sit up and take those things a little more seriously. I would encourage you to read them if you’re serious about taking care of yourself. I’ll have the site information at the end of this post. For now, I made up a reminder list of the important things we can do.
- Be committed to the consistency it takes to be the best you.
- Check your skin on a regular basis
- Stay out of tanning beds
- Apply SPF 30 or higher before you get dressed to make sure you don’t miss a spot.
- Pay special attention to the ears, bald spots, hands and feet, and reapply exposed areas throughout the day.
- Always use a lip balm of at least 30 SPF and apply several times throughout the day.
- Sit in shade
- As my friends would say moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.