National Bikini Day-Sun Protection for You and Your Loved Ones!

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National Bikini Day (July 5th) marks the anniversary of the invention of the revealing two-piece bathing suit. Since making it’s debut in Paris in 1946, by French designer Louis Reard, women have been hitting beaches and pools in these ever since. In America however, the bikini wasn’t fully accepted until the 1960s and continues on into the present.

Skin cancer prevention is extremely important! It not only helps avoiding a cancer diagnosis but other health issues that can occur as well.  The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher, however, sunscreen alone is not enough. here are some helpful tips if you plan on being out in the sun:

  • Try to avoid the sun between the hours of  10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
  • Avoid burning as much as possible.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up (glasses, hats, swim suit cover ups, etc)
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day or a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours if getting wet or sweating.
  • Exam your own skin often and see a physician for a professional skin exam 9 at least once a year).

Should you burn it is important to cool down asap! Get out of the sun immediately and if possible take a cool shower. Moisturize while your skin is damp being sure to use a gentle moisturizing lotion-do this often to keep peeling skin moist. You can also take ibuprofen, aspirin, or use cortisone cream or aloe vera to help with discomfort or swelling. Stay hydrated by drinking lots and lots of fluids and if you have sever blistering, run a fever, or have the chills see a doctor. Red streaks on the skin or oozing from the blisters may be a sign of infection. These next few moths can be especially hard on our bodies with the extreme heat, especially here in Las Vegas! So if you must wear a bikini, please take these extra precautions to stay as safe as possible.

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