As a skin cancer patient, I would be remiss if I did not use today’s daily prompt of Summer to remind all you lovely folks to wear sunscreen. And yes, it actually should be used year-round for any significant time outside, but is especially important now with the longer sun hours, warmer weather, and less clothing on. Or no clothing on if you fancy going to nudist camps that is. I dunno.
Wearing sunscreen is generally accepted to be one of the most important factors in preventing skin cancer. It should be a broad spectrum (UVA / UVB) lotion with an SPF of 15 or higher. I actually wear one that is broad spectrum, AND water-resistant, AND is 100 SPF. It costs me a little more than the generic brand basic level sunscreen, but hey, this is my life I’m talking about here. It’s worth it. And it’s worth it for you too, so go ahead and splurge on yourself why dontcha?
For more skin cancer prevention tips, please visit this page on the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website.
Even Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Schmich, columnist for the Chicago Tribune knows you should wear sunscreen. And she wrote about it in good humour with her June 1, 1997 article as a pseudo commencement speech to the young people of the world. While you may not have known it was a newspaper column once upon a time, I’m guessing you may have heard the song based on it by Baz Luhrmann a couple of years later. If not, or if you just need a good guilty pleasure song trip down memory lane right now, here it is …
So please add getting sunscreen on your shopping or ‘to do’ lists for this week folks. Trust me on this.
And one more thing … since you’ll be buying some for yourself, why not buy a bottle for someone else too? Maybe a family you know with young children. Perhaps the elderly lady or gent next door. Or some homeless people in your community. If you can’t think of anyone to buy some for, then just grab a second bottle and give it to whomever else is in line with you or near you at the store. I do this about once a month. It’s one of my favourite Random Acts of Kindness.
Oh yeah, sorry just one more thing …
Wear a hat. It could save your life.
Featured image: Alex Liivet user on flickr.com, CC2.0 Generic