Now's the time of year that all the magazines are talking about it. And for good reason. Hey, I did my fair share of tanning back in the day. I never did the baby oil thing because ewww, it was just too greasy for me. But remember using SPF 2? We didn't know any better. But we do now.
And you can talk to the dermatologist about more than just skin cancer. Talk to them about your overall skin and whatever concerns you have. My derm, Dr Lee, is just fabulous and I love him. (If anyone in Montgomery County needs one, let me know - he has offices in Bethesda and Germantown. My pickiest friends actually go to him.)
When I first started seeing him, I used Differin to address some blackheads (I know, ewww, but I have an oily T-zone) on my nose and chin. Then, 6 months later, I upgraded to Retin-A. I loved my Retin-A for about a year and a half. Then my skin completely flipped on me. Age, I guess? Ugh, that's a depressing thought. Anyway, all of a sudden, the Retin-A was making my skin red, peeling, dry, irritated. Of course, since I'm a dingbat, I didn't say anything at the next appointment because I figured it was just the winter. And I continued using the Retin-A, aka way-too-harsh-for-my-skin-what-am-I-doing, once a week or so. But my skin didn't really feel that great. It was just meh, ok.
The *next* visit, this past April, I finally wised up and asked Dr Lee - so he immediately downgraded me to Renova, which is 0.02% instead of 0.1%. Within a week, my skin's texture was so smooth and it feels great! Because I am finally using the right formula for my skin. Now this isn't the right thing for everybody but it certainly worked for me. Bottom line, go to the dermatologist and talk to him/her about what's going on and what you need.
I will really get on my soapbox about sun exposure....
When you are in the sun - -
1. Wear SPF.
2. The highest SPF you can, in a formula your skin will tolerate. This may mean something different for your face, nose, lips, etc.
3. Reapply often. I am a huge fan of the aerosol sprays as they make application and reapplication quick and easy - especially when you are headed out to the pool/beach/lake/river with a couple of kids. There are so many formulas out there. And I don't know about you, but I can't stand that feeling of rubbing lotion in my skin with sand - blech.
4. Wear a hat. This will (a) help to protect you from the sun, (b) help prevent the dreaded pool-headache from glare because it keeps so much of the glare from getting in around your sunglasses, and (c) protect your hair in general, especially if you do any coloring or other chemical processes to it; if not, then it will save your scalp.
5. Don't forget your: lips, ears, scalp, feet, etc. (On a multi-family beach vacation once, one of the dads got sunburned on the bottom of his feet. How do you walk?)
6. If you have kids, make sure they are protected. My kids are so brainwashed, they ask for sunscreen when we go to the pool at 6:00 pm.
7. Don't do the tanning bed thing, please. Seriously. Or if you do, do some serious research first so that you are fully aware of the risks.
Ok, end of rant.
Follow some good common sense and you can have skin as fresh and glowing as these lovely spring flowers from my garden...
ps - I know I promised you some posts on dresses, awards, etc. Still getting pics off the BlackBerry. Coming soon...