The dog days of summer are here. Despite the heat, it’s still great to be outdoors, but whenever I set eyes on sunburned shoulders or bright red faces, I cringe—not just because it must be painful, but also because sunburns seem to be a risk factor for developing skin malignancies down the road.
You may have heard that skin cancers are on the rise. Of the three types of skin malignancies, melanoma is the most dangerous. While fortunately it’s the least common of skin cancers, it accounts for about three-quarters of skin cancer deaths. So how does one recognize an early melanoma? When it comes to moles, remember ABCDE:
A for asymmetry
B for an irregular border
C for color that is multiple or changes
D for diameter, especially bigger than the diameter of a pencil eraser
E for evolves, or enlarges, over time
Hopefully you will never find one of these on your skin, but if you do, please make sure to have it checked out by a physician right away.
As an after-sun treat for the skin, I love our Sea Buckthorn Body Oil. It absorbs nicely, contains antioxidant-rich sesame seed oil, and sea buckthorn berry and seed oil is high in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C and the hard-to-find omega-7 fatty acid. If you are happen to live near our Palisades headquarters, check out the Weleda Spa’s fabulous summer offering, the Sun Kissed Facial & Massage, which utilizes Sea Buckthorn Body Oil to drench your skin in beneficial nutrients while the kinks in your muscles get worked out.
In case of a sunburn, our Burn Care is indispensible. It comes in a cooling gel base (for extra cooling, I place it in the refrigerator). It contains stinging nettle for the itching and arnica from one of our fair trade projects for redness and inflammation. This product is also indicated for minor household burns as well as insect bites—it’s a true multitasker!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!