Please take care out there in the sun. It’s great to get out there in the better weather but in the States alone, 2 people die every hour from skin cancer. There is no such thing as a ‘healthy tan’ …. tan is a ‘side effect’ of skin damage through exposure to the sun. Keep an eye on your moles (take pics if necessary to keep tabs on any ‘strange’ ones). Use the 5-point checker system to check your moles are happy and healthy ….
A – ASSYMETRY. Ideally moles are even.
B – BORDER. Ideally a smooth outline.
C – COLOUR. Ideally one even colour.
D – DIAMETER. Ideally 6mm or less.
E – EVOLUTION. Ideally, it’s unchanging.
For a more thorough description of this checking process by an expert along with other facts and tips, check out this #GCN video link
Basically, protect yourself from the sun. 10 – 15 minutes of un protected exposure when the sun isn’t too strong is good for wellbeing and in particular Vitamin D levels, but slip on a t-shirt, hat and glasses if you are in the sun for longer than this and slap on some high factor protection on exposed areas. If you are worried about any mole, get it checked out ASAP.
For protection of arms and legs when in a tri-suit, my preference is for Forever’s Sunscreen. It will survive a dunk in the water, it’s factor 30, it’s ocean friendly and has a ‘Green Planet’ award. For neck and face however, when you are sweating hard, I haven’t found a lotion that doesn’t ‘leak’ into your eyes which is horrid so I tend to use P20 If you haven’t used this product before, it’s kind of pricey which is why I only use it on face and neck. It works in a totally different way. You apply, it reacts with your skin after about 20 minutes. You then rinse off and that’s you done!