It’s 2019! You’ve made it through another year and now it’s time to see what this new year has in store for you. You may be thinking about and taking action to make changes to your exercise routine, diet, relationships or money management. While setting those intentions don’t forget to add sun protection to the list! Keeping your mind, body, soul and skin healthy are all important in their own way.
Not sure where to begin? We encourage you to shift your focus to being more mindful about your sun protection routine so that you can incorporate healthy sun-safe habits into your life with ease. It’s all about the small daily steps that make a difference. So, let’s get started!
Make some space…set a designated place for a small basket near the area you enter and exit your home most frequently. Make this the place you put your uv-protective hat, sunglasses, a stick or two of sunscreen and maybe some sun-sleeves. Sun-sleeves are great for driving or outdoor festivals! This way you have a quick way to protect yourself from damaging uv-rays at your fingertips.
“Skin cancer is one of the few cancers you can see with the naked eye,” ~ Ali Hendi, MD, FAAD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington.
Make it routine…make a date with your skin every month to complete a skin self exam for signs of skin cancer or melanoma. You can download a body map from The American Academy of Dermatology. Skin self exams are vital when it comes to detecting skin cancer or melanoma in its early stages.
Double up…find a daily moisturizer that includes an SPF so that protecting the delicate parts of your face and neck are done in one quick application. You won’t need to add more time to your morning routine and you will be taking another mindful step towards being sun-safe.
Set a reminder!…take the guess work out of when you should apply or re-apply your sunscreen throughout the day with the help of your smart phone. Generally, the rule of thumb is every two hours, but be sure to read the directions on the specific sunscreen you choose to use.