Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dear 16-Year-Old Me

Updated 3/2017-- photos/video and all links (except to my own posts) removed as many no longer active. 

I learned about this education video via @SeattleMamaDoc. 

Sun safe practices:
  • Staying in the shade, especially between the sun’s peak hours (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
  • Covering up with clothing, a brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Avoiding tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Use sunscreen, SPF 15 or above, preferably one with a sunblock component also.  To protect against the UVA rays, the product needs to have avobenzone (Parsol 1789), ecamsule (Mexoryl), titanium dioxide, or micro-zinc oxide.
Sunscreens should not be used in babies under 6 months old.  It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for this group to use other sun safe practices such as the ones just mentioned.

Related blog posts:
Sun Protection (March 19, 2009)
Melanoma Review (February 25, 2008)
Melanoma Skin Screening Is Important (April 29, 2009)
Tanning Beds = High Cancer Risk (August 3, 2009)
Skin Cancer (March 24, 2010)


Julie said...

Are you coming to the Arkansas Women Blogger conference? There are less than 2 weeks left to register! Check out our website to register soon! We hope you come!

rlbates said...

No, Julie, I won't be, but hope you all have a good time.

Dreaming again said...

dear 16 year old me ... the tan is temporary, the scars are permanent. You spent so much time darkening your skin ...that now you keep it covered to hide the scar. Doesn't make much sense does it?