You’re off to the playground today. Snacks? Check. Water? Check. Band aids, sunscreen, and hats for the kiddos? Check. Are you forgetting anything, Mama?
When it comes to summer fun, you often find yourself outside with the kids. Whether you’re swimming at the pool, watching an afternoon baseball game, or biking around the neighborhood, you’re soaking up the sun. You probably remembered to lather up the kids with sunscreen and pop a hat on their head, but did you apply some sun protection to your own arms, legs, and face?
As moms, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Unfortunately, melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, is most commonly caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. When you avoid sunburn, you are avoiding skin cancer.
What to pack in Mom’s Summer Bag:
- A lightweight, long-sleeve cover-up
- UVA and UVB blocking sunglasses
- A broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
- A hat that covers your face (and ears & neck if you can!)
Broad-spectrum sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays. You need to reapply every 2 hours or per the directions on your bottle. Use a daily moisturizer or make-up foundation with SPF in it for added protection. Seek shade whenever you can- especially during the middle of the day when the sun is the strongest.
The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services. For more information on skin cancer and sun exposure, visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/skincancer/.