Summer Skin Safety

HeadlineApril30png.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

Did you know your skin is the largest organ in your body? Did you know it weighs about 3.5 pounds?!

The skin is also (unfortunately) the easiest target for the sun. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop some type of skin cancer in their lifetime. In fact, most of the costly burns took place before you reached the age of 21-scary right?

Ray Wiltshire, the President of OnSite Dermatology, delivered a very informative and educational lecture last week about protecting your skin. The best part? It’s never too late to protect your skin from the sun.

I actually took a lot away from the lecture, especially because I do spend so much time in the sun during the summer. Ray stressed the importance of always putting on sunscreen; no matter if you’re spending time inside or outside. And for all you ladies out there, listen up! SPF can actually be found in most of your makeup AND moisturizers!

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day that we forget to reapply sunscreen. We might be headed to the beach, so excited to jump in the ocean, that midday, we look down and realize we have taken on a bright pink color. Uh oh…

Ray suggested applying sunscreen every 4 hours when you’re outside. He also said using an SPF greater than 30 doesn’t really make a difference and the companies selling 50 and above are trying to rip you off!

Later in the lecture, he also talks about some services that are available through OnSite Dermatology. There is a dermatologist on campus every two weeks who you are able to make appointments with. The nice thing is that most of the treatments can be done right here on campus in the medical center!

For more information on how to protect your skin, which areas to pay close attention to, and special treatments that are available, tune in on Tuesday, May 2nd on Channel 973.

The program airs at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available online the following day at


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