Keep Yourself Safe This Season with Tips from My College Crate
The sun is calling your name this summer! Heading outdoors will be so very tempting, and it’s important to play it safe.
A sunburn can appear within just a couple of hours after exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. Repeated exposure with sunburns increases the risk of skin damage, such as dark spots, dry or wrinkled skin, rough spots, and skin cancer like melanoma.
To prevent skin damage, take steps to protect your skin with help from our monthly college care package.
Wear Sunscreen Every Time You Go Outside
Broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is your best friend this summer! SPF stands for “sun protection factor.”
Wear sunscreen all over exposed skin before heading outdoors, even on cloudy summer days. Reapply it every two hours, and even more often if you plan to go swimming.
Made in the Shade
The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. These are prime hours to stay indoors, or at least in shady spots, to prevent sun damage to your skin.
Wearing long-sleeves or hats can also help keep your skin covered so that you aren’t exposed to harmful UV rays.
Drink Lots of Water
When your body is dehydrated, your skin is dehydrated too. Drinking plenty of water helps your skin stay healthy.
According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, men should drink 15.5 cups of water per day, and women should drink 11.5 cups per day.
Dryness tends to make your skin look older. Moisturizing your face, even during the summer, can help reduce these signs of aging and keep your skin supple and healthy.
Purchase a moisturizer designed for your face – the best include SPF. After washing your face in the morning or at the end of the day, evenly apply moisturizer until your face feels more hydrated.
Check Your Moles
Unusual moles could be a sign of melanoma. You can use the first five letters of the alphabet to help you recognize the warning signs.
A stands for symmetry; most melanomas are asymmetrical, so the two halves of the mole won’t match.
B stands for border; melanoma borders tend to have uneven or scalloped edges. Common moles have smooth, even borders.
C stands for color; a multi-colored mole is a warning sign. Benign moles usually are one shade of brown, while a melanoma may have varied hues, including brown, tan, black, red, white, or blue.
D stands for either diameter or dark. Moles that are 6 millimeters or larger – the size of a pencil eraser – are at risk.
E stands for evolving. When your mole changes in size, shape, color, or if it suddenly becomes raised, you should see a doctor.
The Quintessential Summer Care Essentials are in the May College Care Package
Parents looking to help their students take better care of themselves this summer will be pleased to know that inside the May college care package from My College Crate, their student will find summertime essentials, including sunscreen and sunglasses, to protect their eyes and skin from intense summer UV rays, among other summer fun items!
And, when you purchase a gift subscription box for your prep school or college student, they’ll receive a themed package of goodies every month, so you can make sure they’re happy and healthy, even if you’re far apart while they’re away at school or summer internships.
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