It is almost summer time - well, for AZ it is summer - so it is time to start thinking about sunscreen. I wear sunscreen all year around, but I'm sure most people do not, so this is my reminder to you to lather up. It is recommended that we use a broadband (UVA and UVB protectant) of at least SPF 30. You need to apply 10 - 15 minutes BEFORE going into the sun. Your sunscreen will have the recommended time. You will then need to re-apply EVERY 2 hours. There is no sunscreen that will protect all day. The highest UV times are 10am - 4pm. During these times it is important to either find shade (clothing, umbrella, tree, etc. you get the picture) or put on sunscreen and re-apply. It is very important to re-apply so I am saying it twice.
Also, there is a lot of talk about Vitamin D lately and I believe we are in a state of low Vitamin D levels as we as a society have gotten good at applying sunscreen and finding shade - Good for Us! After my diagnosis, my primary doc tested my level and I was extremely low. I am now taking a high level of supplements. I do try to get some Vitamin D from the sun, but it makes me nervous so I normally rely on my supplements. I came across an article that I thought was really informative about Vitamin D. Read here: http://health.yahoo.com/experts/skintype/15911/the-new-recommendations-for-sun-exposure/ .
So have fun this summer, just please try to be safe and protect your skin, body and health.