Did that cheery title grab your attention? In all seriousness, while we’re all busy gearing up for the start of summer and some much-needed breaks on our favorite lakes, let’s not forget some quick tips on how to keep our skin healthy and lower the risk of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation reminds us all that we can do the following this summer:
- Make sure to use a waterproof broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 while out on the water—and reapply every two hours or after a dip in the lake.
- During the hottest hours of the day, try to keep to the shade.
- If you can help it, don’t let yourself bake like a cookie. Avoid those sunburns!
- For Pete’s sake, stay away from UV tanning beds.
- If you want to go the extra mile, UV-blocking sunglasses, hats, and covering up with clothing can help you feel more comfortable in the sun.
- If you have a new arrival you can’t wait to introduce to the houseboating lifestyle, remember that all newborns should be kept out of the sun and baby-safe sunscreens should be used on any kiddos over six months.
- Give yourself a head-to-toe looksie every month to check for any concerning moles.
- And last but not list, swing by your physician once a year for a professional skin exam.
Here’s to a happy, safe summer of boating this year!