Comics! and a friendly reminder to wear sunscreen

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I found these comics here, and this one:

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reminded me that although sunscreen doesn’t protect us from sexism it’s still important! As a brown-skinned person, I didn’t realize this until recently – although darker-skinned people are less susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer, those who do develop skin cancer have higher mortality rates than lighter-skinned people.

Here are some guidelines for applying sunscreen and sun safety in general, taken from the FDA:

Check product labels to make sure you get:

  • a “sun protection factor” (SPF) of 15 or more. SPF represents the degree to which a sunscreen can protect the skin from sunburn.
  • “broad spectrum” protection—sunscreen that protects against all types of skin damage caused by sunlight
  • water resistance—sunscreen that stays on your skin longer, even if it gets wet. Reapply water-resistant sunscreens as instructed on the label

Tips for applying sunscreen:

  • Apply the recommended amount evenly to all uncovered skin, especially your lips, nose, ears, neck, hands, and feet.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out in the sun.
  • If you don’t have much hair, apply sunscreen to the top of your head, or wear a hat.
  • Reapply at least every two hours.