Farmington Hills, MI (April 5, 2006)--- With spring in the air, many families are planning their spring break trips. While on vacation, it is important to remember to bring sunscreen to protect your family’s skin.
After a long winter, it’s always tempting to stay in the hot sun all day. Being in the sun feels good, but sunshine damages your skin. Wearing sunscreen can help protect you from skin cancer and should begin at a young age. Carolyn Nelson, D.O., from Botsford General Hospital says, “Early sun protection is the key to preventing skin cancer in your 40s, 50s, and 60s and helps maintain healthier looking skin. The most important thing to know about sunscreen is that, regardless of skin type and ethnicity, everyone needs to use it.”
For a safe spring break without the discomfort of sun poisoning or sunburn, remember to pack a “broad spectrum” sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 30. Be sure to find waterproof sunscreen so that you don’t have to reapply every time you jump in the pool. Even then, be sure to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, preferably every two hours.
For extra protection throughout the day, stay in the shade at midday, bring a tee shirt to the beach and wear a hat and sunglasses. Remember, the more you protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, the more likely you will have younger looking, cancer-free skin.
The Botsford Health Care Continuum is an integrated system of care which includes Botsford General Hospital, the Botsford Physician Network, Community Emergency Medical Service, the Botsford Continuing Care Corporation and the Botsford Center for Health Improvement. The Botsford site on the internet is www.botsford.org.
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