Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Today I had an appointment with the dermatologist for my annual check up. I had a little funny looking red spot on my leg which my doctor biopsied. It means that I have to stay out of the water for the rest of the week but to me, it's worth it. The spot is pretty much gone and the doctor thinks it's just a benign spot.
Since my skin is so fair, she asked me if I wear sunscreen every day and I told her that I use lotion with sunscreen in it. She was impressed with this. I also told her that I wear a heavy, white cotton T-shirt in the pool for added protection. I was feeling confident - like I'm taking good care of myself - until my doctor told me that when a T-shirt gets wet, especially a white one, all the sun's rays can go through it! Well, you learn something new every day!!! Here I thought I was being really cautious and I wasn't! My doctor gave me a handout about some new athletic wear that actually has a sunscreen built right into it. I believe that it is equivalent to SPF50+. You can buy shirts online, at a sporting goods store or out of a catalog. Being a person who likes to research things, I now have a new project. All of my new white T-shirts will be saved for dry, land activities and I will be purchasing a sunscreen shirt or two within the next week.
So for all of you who are sun sensitive, and like to participate in water activities, please be careful. Wear sunscreen every day (yes even on cloudy days) and wear a sunscreen shirt into the pool to protect your skin. There is always something new that we can learn!