When I was younger mom would tell us girls (me and my 2 sisters) to go outside and lay in the sun so we would get some vitamin D.  This was totally a normal thing in the summer time.  On top of laying out we rarely to never wore any kind of sunscreen.  Baby oil on the skin and Sun In in the hair was typical of just about every backyard.  We thought we looked “healthy” and beautiful with sun-kissed skin.

Fast forward many years and come to find out mom wasn’t always right.  Yes the sun does give vitamin D but most people can fulfill their vitamin D requirements with normal daily outdoor activities. Also, we include fish, milk, dairy, and eggs into our diet and these provide daily requirements of vitamin D. Spending time actually laying in the sun will not give any extra benefits.  In fact it can cause more damage.

So I am reading up on sunscreen, sunburns, skin issues, etc, and it is really scary. Did you know that, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a person’s risk for melanoma–the most serious form of skin cancer–doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns?  5 or more…..that is in a lifetime.  I have had that in one summer, how about you?

Ok, so what is the solution?  You guessed it, Sunscreen. We all know we are supposed to be using it but how often and what SPF?  There are so many different products on the market that some of us (ok, me) are confused as to what level of protection we need. Dermatologists strongly recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater year-round for all skin types. If you are fair-skinned and sunburn easily, you may want to select a sunscreen with a higher SPF to provide additional protection. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours. More often if swimming or sweating.

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