Wellness for the Family: Sun Safety

Skin cancer comes in many forms and can be very, very scary.

There are easy ways to stay safe in the sun and this upcoming heat!

Michelle Dunaway and Grace Derocha, a registered dietitian with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, show us how in this week’s Wellness for the Family.

Find the shade: One way that we can keep ourselves sun safe is by using an umbrella and using the shade. On bright sunny days we have to be careful. Skin cancer is the number one diagnosed cancer in America so we have to be a little more conscious about how much sun time we are getting and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Protect your eyes: Sunglasses are very important for your eyes. We only have one set of eyes we need to protect them and make sure they are safe.

Wear a hat: We can’t forget about our hats! You can use any kind of hat that you want to wear. It will not only help prevent skin cancer, it’s going to help prevent wrinkling, sun spots and dry skin.

Stay hydrated: Staying hydrated with water, with your water bottle or coconut water. When you’re playing in the water all day sometimes you don’t feel thirsty, but you are! With every hour that you’re outside in the sun and sweating, you should have at least 2 glasses.

Wear sunscreen: When using your SPF, you should follow the rule of 15. Your sunscreen has to be at least 15 SPF. You should put it on 15 minutes before you go out, and they say an hour to 2 hours to reapply.

Take a break: You should give yourself a break, too. Don’t stay in the sun all day long. If you’ve been in the sun for a while make sure you take a break, drink your water and go in the shade. Read a book, and relax!

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