Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring and Summer Skin Health

As the daylight hours get longer and the sun gains strength in the days to come, it is time for us to start thinking about the health of our skin. I am talking about overexposure to the sun. I do think that some sun exposure is healthy, we do need the sunlight for Vitamin D. However, too much is not only dangerous but also unnatractive. Too much sun exposure makes us look old. There is a reason that proper ladies stayed out of the sun or covered themselves to protect against the damaging effects of the sun....they didn't want to look older than they had to. Not only does sunlight age it is dangerous. How dangerous? One of my dearest friends died last year at the age of 28 from malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. I also remember my grandfather making regular trips to the dermatologist to have small skin cancers burned off. My husband has started making a few of those trips himself. Skin cancer is real and for some deadly. Why take the chance of which type of skin cancer you are going to get. There are some things you can do to protect yourself from the sun as much as possible. Wear a broadbrimmed hat when working outside along with sun screen on your face. When possible wear a light cotton long sleeve shirt. This second option is great for us here in the south through spring but into summer time it is just too hot. So wear sun screen or sun block. I don't like to plug products, but in this instance I will. We use Burt's Bees sunblock because it has no chemicals and really is great at blocking the sun's rays. Ok end of product plug, Burt feel free to thank my by sending my free tube of sunblock! Anyway skin cancer is serious and very unnattractive, so avoid it at all cost. Take care of your skin ladies, we age fast enough so there really is no reason to speed up the process. Go and buy a cute hat and a long sleeve cotton shirt, then head outside to enjoy the garden. Take care and God bless.

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