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Skin Cancer Prevention

Spring has finally arrived in Boonetown, readers! While we’re all tempted to grab our bathing suits and towels and head out to the pool, we definitely shouldn’t forget to protect ourselves from the sun. Check out the top six ways to keep your skin safe this spring:

1. Big hats & sunglasses – There’s nothing collegiettes love more than to rock their newest monogrammed hats and aviators at the pool, and thankfully, that’s a great thing! Not only are you looking stylish, but you’re protecting yourself from the sun, too.

2.  Sunscreen of 15 spf or higher – It’s always important to protect yourself daily with sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Whether it be in your make up or regularly applied out of a bottle, you won’t regret applying it every day!

3. Reapplication – If you’re out in the sun for more than a few hours, you’ll need to reapply your sunscreen. Trust me, it’s better to be the paranoid girl who puts on lotion every thirty minutes than the girl who can barely smile because she’s so burnt. You’ll thank me later.

4 . Avoid indoor tanning –Who doesn’t love to lie in a warm bed for twenty minutes and come out a bronzed goddess? Unfortunately, our skin does not approve. In fact, people who use tanning beds before the age of 35 increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%. YIKES. If you’re looking for that summer glow without the detrimental effects, try a professional spray tan instead!

5. Pay attention to moles – Always be on the lookout for suspicious moles on your skin. Whether they look different in color, shape, or size, they definitely should not be ignored. If you are worried, contact your doctor ASAP.

6. Know the best times to be outside – The sun’s rays are most damaging between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to avoid laying out during these times. Difficult, I know, but totally doable, and way safer for your skin!

Just remember, readers: Tanning fades, but cancer and wrinkly skin can last a life time! 

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