Today's Daily Challenge Monday Apr. 21, 2014
Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.
Instead of hand cream, apply sunscreen to the backs of your hands to protect them from the sun.
How to do it
Today, trade in your usual hand cream for a tube of sunscreen and apply it to the backs of your hands and in between your fingers. If you don't normally wear hand cream, give sunscreen a shot as a way to protect and care for your hands.
Why it matters
Sun exposure causes the majority of skin cancer. Though many of us remember to shield our faces from the sun, other areas, like hands, are neglected. The backs of our hands are exposed to the sun year-round. Keep your hands out of harm's way by staying on top of sunscreen application.
In India and the Arab world, women have long used henna to "tattoo" hands and feet on special occasions. It's said that women whose hands were decorated for weddings or childbirth had a few weeks off from housework to bond with their new husband or baby.
- Roz D.LeafingLevel 291
NO...... I used sunscreen once in my entire life... the resulting reaction was unbelievable... what ever happened to "common sense". Don't go out in the sun in the middle of the day unless you are completely covered up. The people who spend their entire lives in the middle of the Sahara desert have never heard of sunscreen and most of them have never heard of melanoma either... why? because they cover ...see more
Gwynne A. replied April 21, 2014 at 0:07 UTC:
- Andrea R.Flourishing
I'm not sure I am in favor of using sunscreen - I'm not sure if the exposure to chemicals outweighs the sun exposure. I'm all about covering up in the sun, that's for sure. I do know that my hands are not covered up when I'm out in the sun and that is a concern of mine. Growing up in Florida, I know all about sunscreen and it's just been since starting school that I've had this dilemma. So, I'll just ...see more
- Gwynne A.BlossomingLevel 122
Besides the backs of our hands our lips should be protected at all times too. I have had a skin cancer removed from my upper chest and lost part of my lower lip to cancer. I now use sunscreen all year round and also put on lip cream with UV protection.
Beach walk cancelled today because it's so windy we would get 'sandblasted'. Hope everyone had a lovely Easter.
- Lorraine B.SproutingLevel 82
Welcome to Day 4 Monica. I hope you are enjoying the Easter break. The weather here has been superb - lovely sunshine and comfortable cooler nights.
I always use a handcream with sunscreen and a moisturiser with sunscreen.
Went for a walk this morning and managed a very active 45 minutes. This week I have noticed a vast imporovement in the pain levels and I have been able to increase ...see more