Fun in the Sun


I don’t know what the weather is doing in your neck of the woods, but here in the mid-west, we are hopeful that the rain will give way to some beautiful sunny days this week-end.   There is something about the sun that is so healing…its warmth of course.  But even more, there is a bit of a hop in my step when the sun is out, I smile a little bit more, it makes me happy.  Is that true for you as well?

The challenge with sun is what it does to our skin.  And that issue can get worse when you are going through treatment.  “Why?” you might ask.  Well, a few things; first of all, if you are on chemo, your skin becomes very dry and can not repair itself as quickly.  So, during chemo your skin just can’t stand up to the sun the way it typically did, and if it gets burnt or damaged, it takes longer to heal.  Secondly, many of the medications you are on through treatments can cause skin reactions and/or make your skin more sensitive to the sun.  Of course, with radiation your skin may be getting burnt simply due to the treatment.  Putting these pieces together, you have a trifecta that can cause real problems from too much sun exposure, extra sensitivity and your body simply unable to heal its damaged skin.

I know I have spoken of it before, but it is a worthwhile reminder as we head into summer.  Make sure you protect your skin from the sun.   Of course, covering yourself, including your bald pate if you have one, with clothes and a hat can help.  But, another great option is spray-on sunscreens for babies.  Why for babies?  It is specially formulated to not damage their sensitive skin, which is just what you need.  Baby formulations typically avoid lots of chemicals and are much more natural and gentle.  Also, purchasing it in a spray form makes it easy to apply even on your head.

While we are at it, drink your water!   Water will nourish your skin which helps with the dryness but can also assist it to heal faster.  So, drink your water, cover up and smile in the warmth of the sun.