Life is sweet up the creek!


All summer NCMS is bringing you tips to enjoy the great Carolina outdoors.  Melanoma Mondays run weekly until Autumn with information from your fellow NCMS members.  Today it’s Dr. Raj Varma, MD, FAAD, FACMS from UNC Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Chapel Hill with how to survive a day on the lake with beautiful skin.  Enjoy!

Dr. Raj Varma, MD, FAAD, FACMS

Have fun and stay safe on the water!

It is July and it is HOT!  Many people are seeking refuge by spending a day at the lake.  Dr. Raj Varma has 3 tips to keep you skin looking it’s best:

  1.  Wear SPF 50 or greater.  Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen if you are going to the lake, beach, pool, or other outdoor activity. The best kind of sunscreen is the one you will actually use.  Find one with a good texture that you like and use it!
  2. Wear a hat and sun glasses.  When you leave home, don’t forget to wear your broad-brimmed hat AND sunglasses. Those UV rays from the sun can reflect off the water!
  3. Reapply, Reapply, Reapply!  Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen if it gets washed off. Especially watch your kids… they tend to wipe their faces often when getting out of the water and then lose that sun protection.

Dr. Varma is available to talk skin care with you at his practice in Chapel Hill. To contact him click here.