Why Aren’t You Wearing Sunscreen?


I had a client come in for a facial and I saw a scar on his nose and asked him about it and he said he had had a skin cancer removed. I asked him if he wore sunscreen and he said he usually did 5 out of 7 days. I, of course got on my high horse and told him that he needed to wear sun screen everyday and make it part of his morning routine. I could see that he wanted to roll his eyes at me. My mom is the same way. She lives in a cold climate and had some cancer lesions removed from her nose and the last time I visited her I asked her if she was wearing sunscreen religiously and she said she didn’t when the sun was not out. So….if the people who should be wearing sunscreen aren’t, what are the rest of us doing?

Remember, if you are not wearing sunscreen religiously, check your skin once a month to detect early warning signs of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Look for a new growth or an skin change. The best way to prevent skin cancer and sun damage is to protect from the daylight and and the direct sun. UV radiation can go through light clothing, windshields, windows, and clouds. One burn doubles your risk of melanoma. And remember to protect from UV reflection from sand, water, snow and ice – 90% bounces back.

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