This summer, I’m embracing my swim suit style and that means plenty of outings to the pool. But I don’t wait until we get to the pool or park to apply sunscreen. I do it even before we walk out the door.
We love Lubriderm Daily Moisture lotions – the Shea+Calming Lavender Jasmine is perfect to relax after a long day – but what I really love is that Lubriderm takes me through the moments and seasons of my life.
And during the long lazy days of summer, I use Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 15. It’s super easy because I don’t have to think about applying lotion and then sunscreen. It’s a smart 2-in-1 product that works for our family lifestyle.
I didn’t always think about skin health but after my mom as diagnosed with skin cancer I began to take it more seriously. As a Lubriderm Brand Ambassador I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Rivas – Lubriderm’s certified dermatologist – on skin health.
Q & A with Dr. Rivas
What is the ideal age to have your skin checked by a dermatologist?
Anytime. Adults should be seen once a year for skin checks to evaluate moles and/or suspicious lesions for skin cancer. Teenagers/children with a lot moles or with birthmarks should also be seen once a year.
How can we do our own skin check at home? What are the things we should look for?
Once all clothes have been removed, you need to take a look at all your moles from head to toe. Look for existing moles or growths that appear to be changing in any way (color, size, irregular borders or shape, itchy or bleeding). Also pay attention to any new growths that look different from your known moles. Use a mirror to check your back, buttocks and behind your legs. You can also ask a relative/friend/hairdresser to check for any growths on your scalp.
Let’s say you can’t avoid the sun during peak times (10am – 2pm) – what is the most important thing you can do to protect your skin during the summer months?
Use a broad-spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB) sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every 2 hours or after significant sweating or swimming. Use hats and rash guards or sun protective clothing. Always seek the shade.
If skin cancer is detected, what can someone do to ensure it doesn’t return?
Avoid further sun damage (sunscreen, hats, sun protective clothing, etc.) and get more frequent, regular, skin checks, so that if any other lesions develop, they are diagnosed at its earliest stage.
What is the ideal skin care routine during the summer months?
Continue to moisturize your skin on a daily basis, ideally after your bath/shower. LUBRIDERM® Daily Moisture Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is great during the summer because it’s light and already has sunscreen in it, simplifying your morning skin care regimen. Apply sunscreen half an hour prior to sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours. Ideally you would also apply antioxidants in the morning. You may need to stop the use of retinoids at bedtime because these products make you more sensitive to the sun.
Have fun in the sun this summer & practice skin health!