Every day -- slather it on if you're going to be in the sun for a long time.
(Maybe wear a hat, too.)
Don't go to the tanning booth -- I have done it in the past, and I will never do it again.
On Friday, I went to the dermatologist to have them look at this weird bump on my arm. The bump was absolutely nothing, but she took notice of a microscopic (literally: had to use a magnifying glass to see it), spot on my chin and biopsied it. I walked away with a whisker-like stitch in my chin (seriously? 2010 and we can't have clear stitches?), which one of my best friends who happens to be a doctor kindly removed for me last night after dinner.
Got the call today: it is a basal cell carcinoma, which I'm told isn't a big deal, but I do have to have a surgeon remove the whole thing (why didn't you just remove the whole thing on Friday?!), and look at it under a scope to make sure it is nothing more serious. Half-day procedure.
More stitches. On my face.
I'm pretty religious about wearing sunscreen (my daily moisturizer is SPF 15, and I always slather it on if I'm going to be in the sun for prolonged periods of time), but despite that fact, the doc tells me that this is most likely due to sun exposure. Sure makes me think twice about those long days of laying by the pool in Mexico, SPF 70 and all.
Wear sunscreen. Every day.
Don't go to the tanning booth.
That sun up there is strong - and evidently, angry.
Off and pouting,