by Dr. Aaron Capuano, M.D., F.A.C.S.
June 29, 2018, 12:43 p.m.
This is the time of year that people question whether or not they "need" sunblock. The comment, I don't burn is my most unfavorite thing to hear. I cringe when I think what is happening to the cells in that persons skin. Consider that every year that goes by the sun is ultimately stronger. Whether or not you are burned is almost irrelevant as the suns rays are destroying key elements in your skins natural barriers and without a broad spectrum spf applied as directed, there is no way you can avoid the suns harmful rays.
Sunblocking our children is the most important thing we can do for them and their littles bodies. Teaching good sunblocking habits is a win win for parent and child. Making a game out of appying sunblock has always been my mainstay. And always leading by example with children is a crucial first step.
Wearing a hat alone does not protect your face from harmful sun rays. Please use a sun spray and apply it often to your sun hat, yes spray your hat and the top of your head and the tops of your ears, which is the most neglected portion of our body and where many skin cancers present. Skin cancer is deadly and it is sad to see what people deal with when they have to constantly deal with having their faces and bodies cut into by Mohs surgeries. A little incovenience that will become part of your routine is the give to get over sacfricing your skin to potential cancer and unwanted premature skin aging, down the road.
Keep your skin safe this summer, use Sunblock!