After being diagnosed with melanoma in 2015, I thought my love for the outdoors and sunshine was over.
When we moved to the USA in 2017 I was shocked to discover the lack of understanding and awareness of the need to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun.
Nearly one year after a wide excision left a permanent 5-inch long x 1-inch wide scar on my back, I am more safe in the sun than ever. Here are some tips for making sun protection effortless, no matter how busy or active your life.
Using sun protective measures on a daily basis does not have to be a chore and can be easily adopted into a lifestyle. Your skin will thank you years down the road.
It might be funny to some people, just like wearing a long sleeve shirt in the summer but covering up and protecting yourself against the UV rays are things I can’t take for granted anymore. Taking care of my eyes wasn’t on the top of my list like taking care of my skin, even though I was squinting in classrooms. I always remember my parents and teachers telling me I can’t look at that sun because it’ll damage my eyes, but I thought that meant going blind, not getting a potentially cancerous mole.