The Doctor is in …
By Dr. Kathy Fields
As a dermatologist, I learned early on that fun in the sun can translate to aging and skin cancer. But as a wife and mom, between family trips to the lake, hiking adventures and outdoor parties, summer is hands down my favorite time of year. I refuse to give up on the activities I love, but I won’t compromise my skin’s health either. Here’s how I’ve learned to enjoy the best of both worlds …
1. Be in the Know. Knowing what to look for when it comes to SPF and using products correctly is the most important thing you can do. Here’s what to watch out for:
- Use only “broad spectrum” sunscreens (that provide proportionate UVA and UVB protection … all R+F sunscreens fit the bill).
- Don’t get hosed by “waterproof” claims. (Even the best are only “water resistant,” so always reapply after getting wet).
- Stay inside the safety zone. Only an SPF of 15 to 50+ can lay claim to reducing the risks of sun exposure. And even when using SPF, don’t stay out longer than you would if unprotected.
2. Beat the Heat—Even on the Go. Be prepared sunup to sundown and do what I do: keep the following “Sun-Emergency Kit” on hand:
- ESSENTIALS Body Sunscreen
- ESSENTIALS Lip Shield
- ANTI-AGE Age Shield Hand Balm
- Your favorite R+F SPF
- Plus an extra pair of sunglasses, a broad-brimmed hat, a large lightweight scarf and an umbrella
- And two aspirin to take immediately if you do get a sunburn.
With the real facts about sunscreen usage and these items on board, you’ll be protected from the elements come rain or shine! So get sun-savvy and never leave home without your “Sun-Emergency Kit”—Doctor’s orders!