May 16, 2014
My favorite time of the year is on its way. Summer. Beach trips, pool parties and hiking were how I spent my summers growing up in California. Now that I’ve made you want to vacation in California, here are some sun safety tips I learned after spending 25 years on the Pacific Coast.
In California, like in many beach communities, tanning is a part of the culture. And that was my first goal every
summer. Summer always entailed a few sunburns, but nothing major right? Wrong. In reality, skin cancer is very dangerous and the number of cases are growing in young adults. After I learned about the dangers of sun exposure, I realized I needed to change my ways immediately.
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Protection Month. Nearly 10,000 people are expected to die from melanoma skin cancer this year. UV rays (ultraviolet rays) from the sun are the primary cause of skin cancer. Are you protecting your skin? Everyone, regardless of age, hair color, race or gender, is at risk.
You can still hit the beach and show off your colorful swimsuit, but get smart and make summer sun safety a breeze with these five tips:
I now live hours from the beach and even further from the eternal summer in California, but I still enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. I make it a habit each spring to refresh myself on the dangers of skin cancer and best practices to prevent it. Share these tips with your friends, pop a bottle of sunscreen in your bag and brush up on your California lingo before hitting the beach.