When the temperatures start to climb back into the 80’s, we will be gearing up for beach season! Whether you’re packing the whole family into the car for a day at the beach, taking the boat out for a spin or enjoying a quiet afternoon at the pool, you’ll be reveling in plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
Speaking of sunshine – don’t forget your sunscreen! Give yourself a pat on the back if you regularly use sunscreen as it’s very important in preventing skin cancers. But are you using sunscreen properly by applying it to all exposed body areas – including the feet and ankles?
Often consistent sunscreen users neglect the feet, yet bare feet are exposed to the sun’s rays too. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer, especially deadly melanoma that can spread through blood vessels and the lymphatic system.
Are you applying sunscreen properly, and for your children too? Check yourself against the American Academy of Dermatology’s recommendations:
- Select a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and broad–spectrum coverage that protects from UVA and UVB rays.
- Apply at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.
- Use about 1 fluid ounce for every adult application and smooth on all exposed areas including feet, ankles, ears and scalp.
- Get help applying on your back.
- Once is not enough! Reapply at least every two hours and immediately if you are sweating or swimming.
Here are more tips for sun protection:
- Avoid sun exposure when it’s strongest, generally between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Wear protective clothing when possible including shoes, sunglasses and a hat.
- Be aware that water, sand and even snow reflect and intensify UV rays.
Check your feet regularly for any change in skin appearance and please come visit us if you see anything abnormal. We can biopsy a suspicious spot and in most cases remove skin cancer at our office and surgical center.
Tuck a tube of sunscreen into your bag to enjoy outdoor activities safely!