Summer Skin Care: Do It Together!

Posted on June 30th, 2015 by Seth Nickinson

Sometimes “wellness” simply means doing the health basics. In the heat of summer, protecting yourself from the sun is a key basic.

Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap

Last summer we wrote about our favorite skin care campaign, which originated in Australia in the 1980s and has evolved ever since.

  • Slip on a Shirt
  • Slop on Sunscreen
  • Slap on a Hat
  • Wrap on Sunglasses

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It’s not just about sunscreen. You’ve got to stay out of harsh sun, too. A British research team recently reported in the journal Science that a quarter or more of cells in the skin of middle-aged people have suffered sun-induced DNA damage.

Sunscreen on Your Desk

Some people keep M&Ms on their desks, or if they are Project ACT rock stars, infused water or trail mix. In the summer, what about keeping sunscreen? Maybe you can use some wellness funds to buy travel-size sunscreens (24-pack on Amazon; customizable products), or even just hang a large sunscreen on a rope on the office fridge or by the door.

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Skin Cancer = Scary

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer (not typically fatal) are diagnosed each year, while more than 76,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.

Learn about skin cancer rates in your state.

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The good news? Prevention is possible and treatment is rising!