Are You Ready for Winter in the Tropics? 5 DERMATOLOGIST-APPROVED TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN
Florida in December is nothing short of paradise. While the rest of the country struggles with icy roads and snow-clogged front stoops, part- and full-time Floridians get to stroll down the beach without so much as a jacket or scarf. That said, the friendly temperatures and sunny weather can be your downfall if you spend too much time outside without properly protecting your skin from the sun.
advises applying sunscreen that is SPF 30 or stronger to your face, neck, ears, and the backs of your hands every morning, and reapplying it every few hours while outdoors. SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING When you’re heading out the door, opt for a long-sleeve top that’s rated UPF 50 or higher, meaning it’s designed to block ultraviolet rays. “That will cover the delicate skin of your chest and arms, which becomes paper thin and marked
SUN PROTECTION SUPPLEMENTS “A supplement, such as Heliocare Advanced, can help protect your skin from the inside out,” Dr. Mikesh says. “It can curb some of the inflammation and damage done to the skin cells, reducing the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.” A SHADY SPOT TO LOUNGE The easiest way to protect your skin from the sun is by avoiding the rays! When you’re spending the day outside, Dr. Mikesh advises seeking shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the light is strongest. Dr. Mikesh specializes in full-body skin examinations, the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases, noninvasive cosmetic procedures, and the treatment of acne. To take advantage of her services or find out more about protecting your skin, call 239-775-3535.
Naples dermatologist Dr. Caren Mikesh understands how tempting the Florida rays can be, so we asked her for her top tips to ward off sunburn and melanoma. When you head outside this winter, don’t forget these essentials! SUNSCREEN “There's nothing like topical sunblock!” Dr. Mikesh says. She
with brown spots and creases over time,” Dr. Mikesh explains.
YOUR FAVORITE HAT AND SUNGLASSES
In Dr. Mikesh’s book, a good hat and a pair of sunglasses are just as important as sunblock! Use both to keep your eyes and face safe, preventing vision damage and wrinkles.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Why Do We Hang Christmas Lights?
The first string of twinkling lights illuminating your neighbor’s house is always a telltale sign of the upcoming seasonal festivities. Christmas lights are a holiday staple, but have you ever wondered where this beloved tradition started?
and wound them around a Christmas tree in his parlor window. A passing reporter saw the spectacle and declared in the Detroit Post and Tribune, “One can hardly imagine anything prettier.” Johnson continued this tradition, increasing the number of lights each year and eventually putting them up outside. But, because electricity was still a new concept, many years passed before the fad took off for regular Americans. In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge began the tradition of lighting the National Christmas Tree, which spurred the idea of selling stringed lights commercially. By the 1930s, families everywhere were buying boxes of bulbs by the dozen. Today, an estimated 150 million Christmas lights are sold in America each year, decorating 80 million homes and consuming 6% of the nation’s electricity every December. Whether you’ll be putting up your own lights or appreciating the most impressive light displays in your neighborhood or town, let the glow fill you with joy this season. Just don’t leave them up until February!
The tradition of hanging lights on the tree originally started with
candles. Because this posed an immense fire hazard, Edward Hibberd Johnson, a close friend of Thomas Edison and vice president of the Edison
Electric Light Company, vowed to find a better
way to decorate Christmas trees with light. In December 1882, three years after Edison’s invention of the
lightbulb in November 1879, Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white, and blue lightbulbs together
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