It is that time of year where a lot of time will be spent outside in the sun! Your body needs the sun to synthesize Vitamin D. A vitamin lots of people can be deficient in. But there are a few things to know about being safe in the sun! First of all you definitely need to wear sunblock. You should wear sunblock all year around but in the summer its even more important. You should pick a sunblock with an SPF of at least 30. Don't be shy with it either! You need to make sure you get enough all over your body! Don't forget your ears, neck, hands and feet. Also if you have a part on the top of your head apply some sunscreen there to. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before you go outside and then every 2 hours after you go outside.
About once a month I look over my skin to check for skin cancer. I look for moles, new spots, and to see if any moles/spots of changed or grown. To know if something is bad on your skin remeber your ABCD of skin cancer
A=Asymmetry B=Border irregularity C=Color (color is uneven shades of brown, black, tan) D=Diameter (greater than 6mm) and when in doubt get it checked out. Here are some pictures to help you!
So there you go! Please be safe out in the sun! Make sure to drink plenty of water and not just soda or alcohol :)