Peachy the Magazine June July 2014 - Page 117

HEALTH + WELLNESS Choose a tinted moisturizer with SPF greater than 15 to 30. Look for both UVA and UVB protection. Reapply every two hours while outside—really! Wear sunglasses to avoid that “sun squint” and to help prevent macular degeneration. Look stylish with hats, sun umbrellas and colorful rash guards. Rash guards are athletic shirts designed to help your skin stay healthy during watersports and time spent outside. Do a monthly self-exam. Skin cancers and abnormal moles may resurrect during the summer. Know the ABCDE’s of Melanoma (see below). The ABCDE’s of Melanoma A SYMETRICAL: B ORDERS: Two halves that do not match. Uneven borders or edges that may be scalloped or notched. C OLORS: A variety of colors is another warning sign. A melanoma may also be red or blue. D IAMETER: Melanomas are usually larger than the size of a pencil eraser. But they sometimes may be smaller when first detected. E VOLVING: Watch for changes in size, shape, color and elevation, as well as symptoms such as bleeding, itching or crusting. These may point to danger. JUNE JULY 2014 115