This post is produced in collaboration with CVS Phamacy.
It’s finally warm and sunny. I’m back from my holiday in Greece (will be sharing all the highlights soon) and getting ready for summer weekends at my condo-on-the-corner at the Jersey shore.
Power Up Your Sunscreen
As a CVS ambassador*, it’s my job to remind you to power up your sunscreen so you don’t get a bad summer sunburn. I did exactly that while in Athens and Santorini. The sun was shining bright when my sister N and daughter A and I climbed to the top of the Acropolis and walked and hiked around Santorini. Only A got a bad sunburn on her legs, N and I re-applied and were more cautious with hats and caps. We all came back with good tans.
My friends at CVS were so nice to supply my sunscreen including CVS Health SPF30 Breakout Free Face Lotion to protect my face (and put on my ears) and CVS Health SPF50 Clear Zinc Sun Lotion for my body. It went right in my suitcase for my trip and now sits on my bathroom counter. Every morning I slather my body with sunscreen before I go out in the sun. The lotions go on clear and are non-greasy.
The CVS team also sent other products that I packed for my trip, such as packets of cortisone and bacitracin. These creams are handy to have in case you get a summer itch or need a first aid ointment. Plus they don’t take up much room in your toiletry bag.
Tips For Staying Safe In The Sun
CVS pharmacists have provided some skin care tips for sunny days:
♥ Try to stay out of the sun as much as possible between 10am and 3pm when the sun’s UV ray levels are highest.
♥ Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen. Most sunscreens aim to block out harmful UVB rays, but broad spectrum offers protection from both UVB and UVA rays that can also have damaging effects.
♥ Pharmacists recommend using SPF30 and applying 15 minutes before going outdoors so that the lotion can bind to your skin.
♥ Don’t forget to reapply. Keep in mind that UVB rays can pass through clouds, fog, clear water and are reflected by snow and sand, which increases exposure.
Get An Annual Skin Cancer Screening
I want to also remind you that as a post 50 female (or male), it’s important to see your dermatologist each year to get a skin cancer screening. I just had my annual check-up. The dermatologist removed two small moles from my chest and and one from my face.
“It’s my cauldron of hot bubbly,” said Dr. A as he dipped a stick in his small pot and tapped my face. It was so cold it felt hot. “Apply vaseline for a week until the crusty spot falls off,” said Dr. A. (Note: don’t remove a mole from your face if you have any party plans as it takes about a week to heal.)
Wear A Hat or Visor
One of my best purchases in Greece was a wide-brimmed crocheted hat. It’s especially nice because it is flexible and fits flat in my suitcase. It’s similar to the hats on Etsy. I can’t wait to wear it this weekend at the shore. I like to keep my visor nearby as well for walks on the beach. My visor provides a tighter fit for windy days and doesn’t flatten out my hair.
One more time…
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Have a wonderful and fun summer and July 4th!
P.S. – If you need any good summer reads check out my recap from the 2017 Book Expo with new books coming out during the next few months.
P.S. – BTW, it looks like CVS has a special going on now online — if you buy one tube of sunscreen you get a second 50% off. It’s a great deal.
* Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy for their 2017 influencer relations program. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.