Dermatologists Enjoy Beach Vacations Too

Every winter, right around this time, I yearn to get away to some warmth and sunshine! I love Ohio, and one of the many reasons that we enjoy living here so much is the change of seasons: the variety of humid, blustery summer days, crisp cool fall mornings as the leaves are changing, the first snowfall…and then the arrival of chirping birds in the spring heralding the warmer weather that is to come.

But it is right around this time, after the busyness of the holidays, a few snowfalls into the winter, and still a couple of months away from the respite of warmer spring days that I crave a getaway to a warmer climate.

We just returned from a trip to Mexico, and not a bit of sunburn to show for it! So how does this dermatologist keep my pale skin, that hasn’t seen the sunshine in months, protected from the intense sun?

Here are my tips:

  1. Seek Shade! Enjoy your time at the pool or at the beach, but park yourself under a cabana, umbrella, or canopy that is going to provide adequate shade for your entire body.
  2. Avoid mid-day sun. The sun’s intensity is greatest between 10:00am and 3:00pm, so try to minimize time outdoors during these hours. If you enjoy walking or running, try to get out first thing in the morning, or later in the evening…with sunscreen and a hat of course. Which brings me to the next subject…
  3. Wide-brimmed hat! It’s the easiest way to protect your face, ears, neck, and scalp from the sun. Once you put it on, you don’t have to think about it again!
  4. SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every 2 hours! Waterproof sunscreen if you are going to be swimming/active.
  5. Hydate! Drink lots of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages. The heat can be very dehydrating and will leave you tired and lethargic if you are not properly hydrated. So be sure to get in plenty of H2O!
  6. It is okay to get a little color, but please….DO NOT GET A SUNBURN! Number of sunburns correlates directly with skin cancer risk!

So enjoy your beach vacations…just be smart about your sun protection!

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