A dermatologist explains why May is the perfect time to test your skin and prepare your sun protection strategy.
You may have noticed that the media talks about skin cancer and melanoma in early May of each year. This is because May is officially the skin cancer awareness month. The first Monday of May is Monday of melanoma. In 2019, Melanoma Monday is May 6th.
Pay attention to the media to think about the skin of your and your family and how you plan to protect it from ultraviolet rays in the event of warm weather. May is the perfect time to take stock of your skin and sun protection. The weather is about to draw you outside – weddings, graduation ceremonies, picnics, sporting events, hikes, trips, swimming – all this has to happen, and you go outside in a few hours. Time to get ready!
I have the resources to make it easy.
Step 1: Look at your skin for melanoma.
Ask a family member to help you see areas that you cannot, such as your back.
Make sure everyone gets the skin looking. Check out my infographic to help you know what to look for – ABCDE is easy!
Step 2: Prepare a sensible sun protection strategy.
Check out my infographic, which tells you to cover as much of your skin as possible with sun-protective clothing, and then ask:
Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen with broad spectrum zinc oxide to all uncoated skin areas. My Sheer Strength products provide excellent protection for all skin types.
Search and create a shadow with a hat or parasol. Be the person who stands in the shade, and not in direct sunlight!
Know your exposure using a tool like UV Detecto Ring.
Find a dermatologist-recommended sun protection with my
Sunsavvy Around Town Kit,
Sunsavvy is ready for fun and
my individual sunscreens.
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Dr. Bailey Skin Care