In September of 2009 when I was diagnosed with melanoma, Daniel and I met with a sun safety educator after my first doctor visit. I’ve lived in sun safety land for a long time, but this weekend when I was speaking with a group of girl scouts I was reminded that not everyone has the privilege of meeting personally with a sun safety educator. So, here is a quick reminder of the basics of sunscreen that I teach when I am asked to speak to groups.
- Make sure it’s labelled “broad-spectrum” and at minimum SPF 30
- Read the directions!
- Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure
- Use a lot, don’t miss a spot! Don’t forget the scalp, ears, neck and lips!
- Sprays- Spray until you see it, then rub it in
- Cover with clothing whenever possible! (Especially UPF clothing)
- Don’t forget broad rimmed hats and sunscreen