Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Are you a sunscreen scorner?

Too late--you dope.
See that big fusion reactor in the sky--it is spewing radioactivity on you that can cause cancer.

Yet, in a new study in the J of Am Acad of Derm, a majority of Americans do not regularly use sunscreen--I mean, radioactivity screen.

Guilty--I am one. I hardly go outside with these knees, but I should and do know better.

Women--42.6%--are more likely to use sunscreen on their face--yeah, for WRINKLE PREVENTION. Only 34.4% use it on the rest of their bodies everyday.  About 18.1% of men use it on their face, 19.9% on other exposed skin.

Men are more likely that women to NEVER use it. Forty-three percent of men say they don't. That figure is 27% for women.

Some people complain the SPF thing is "too hard." It's easy--use broad-spectrum SPF 30.

Apply it at least 15 mins before going in the sun.

Use enough for you whole body--maybe an ounce! Ears, scalp, tops of feet and legs.

Get help with smearing it on your back.

Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.

Also:

Stay in the shade between 10 am and 2 pm.

Wear protective clothing and hat.

Be extra lubed up around water or snow.

To look "tan," use a self-tanner with sunscreen.

OK--it does sound a little "hard." But I know a woman who just--much to her relief--had a clean checkup from a past melanoma. This is not a joke.

Of course, you also manufacture Vitamin D from being in the sun 20 mins a day without protection.

So this is a double-edged sword...You'll figure it out. Summer's on the way.

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