Important Announcement!

Friday, May 10

This shouldn't be a news flash considering I post pictures of my bare legs on this blog once in a while - but us McFarlands happen to be a fair-skinned family. So fair that David has the nickname "lobster legs" after Spring Break in Cabo. So fair that it is possible for me to get burned standing outside for 15 minutes. So fair that our first child will have to be lathered in SPF 70 immediately after exiting the womb...

Sooo, given that May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and that we happen to know a little bit too much about skin safety, here are some of our tips and tricks to stay safe in the sun.

  • Skin checks: Make an appointment with your dermatologists at least once a year for a head-to-toe skin check. In Houston, they offer free screenings at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital so that is where we have been frequenting. Once a month & in between checks, don't forget to watch spots that change shape and color or become asymmetrical. Always make an appointment if something looks fishy.
  • Sunscreen: Use UVA/UVB {broad spectrum} sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. SPF 30 if you are outside for extended periods of time. I like all the Neutrogena products. And I've been using this one that my mom sent me every day under my make-up and lotion.
  • Reapply: Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. Even when it's cloudy and you are floating on the lake and can't feel yourself getting burned because you've had too many cocktails...who me?
  • Spray it: Avoid tanning booths and opt instead for the spray tan. Trust me, I've tried them all and tanning products really have come a long way. No more streaks or orange glow. My favorite is these wipes.
To all my other pale/skin aware friends, what am I missing? Any other sunscreen recommendations I need to try out? 

Enjoy your weekend! xo

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