Fry Now, Pay Later
The following article appears in this month's issue of The Clarion, the Diocese of Fond du Lac's Online Newsletter. We thank Dolores for allowing us to share these timely reminders.
It’s your skin – wear it well... fry now, pay later.
It’s not just a beach thing! Sun exposure adds up day after day, it happens whenever you are outdoors: gardening, sailing, skiing, fishing, hiking, walking to and from your car. Sunlight reflects off water, sand, concrete, boat decks, and snow and reaches below the water’s surface. UV rays are present even on cloudy days. Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, whatever your skin color. Everyone needs to protect skin and eyes from the sun.
- Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Wear shirts and pants to protect as much skin as possible.
- Slop on sunscreen with SPF factor of 15 or higher (reapply every 20 minutes if in water or exercising).
- Slap on a hat that shades the face, neck and ears.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
- Caution: sunlamps and tanning booths are as harmful to your skin as the sun.
- Some prescription drugs increase your sensitivity to the sun – check with a pharmacist.
- Avoiding sunburn during childhood and adolescence is important in reducing risk of skin cancer later in life. nearly 90% of skin cancer occurs on sun-exposed skin.
- Aging of skin: without sunscreen, skin can develop a tough, leathery look, making you look older. Wrinkles are directly related to sun exposure.
The bottom line: take good care of your skin. Use common sense working and playing outside. Also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Dolores Wiseman is Coordinator of Diocesan Health Ministries, a member and serves as Parish nurse at All Saints, Appleton, and can be contacted here.