Summer is officially here! We are all very excited to get out of the house and enjoy the warm (hot) weather, so we need to talk about fun in the sun and our skin.
I am often asked “what brand/type of sunscreen do you recommend?” For adults and children over age 1, I prefer the lotion type sunscreens for two reasons:
It is important to read labels with any over-the-counter products. Sunscreens are technically medications—read the fine print for warnings and cautions! Make sure that you apply it to your ears, nose, and shoulders–these are the most common areas for sunburns. For young children, stay out of the direct sun entirely during peak hours.
I always encourage my patients to avoid the sun in peak hours between 10am and 4pm. If you are in bright sun during these peak hours, stay in the shade and keep skin covered by using big floppy hats and rash guards/moisture wicking long sleeved shirts. If there is no shade, create some with an umbrella!
Rashes are also very common in the summer months. The rashes I see in the summer range from sunburn to chiggers. Here are the important takeaways:
For most skin rashes, essential oils such as lavender, thyme, and tea tree can be very soothing. I recommend using a carrier such as aloe gel or coconut oil and testing it on a small area of the skin to ensure that it does not cause more irritation.
If you have moles that change or are worrisome to you, schedule an appointment for a skin check. We can remove spots and send the sample in for tissue pathology to see if it is worrisome. Dermatologists also provide annual skin checks, so give them a call and book that appointment.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and provides phenomenal protection from infection and disease. Let's do our best to take care of it!