Summer Is Almost Here! But It Just Might Kill You …

Ahh. Summer. In just a few weeks, we’ll finally return to the glorious time of year where backyard cookouts happen every weekend, days are spent enjoying the surf and sand, and life just seems to get so much more relaxed and joyful.

Of course, the season does come with one pretty big drawback — all that damn sunshine has the potential to not only take its toll on our skin in terms of making us look old and washed up, but it also puts us at a much higher risk of developing skin cancer.

According to Skincancer.org, half of all adults aged 18 to 29 reported having at least one sunburn in the past year. And sustaining just 5 or more sunburns when you were a kid increases your melanoma risk by 80 percent. (Yes, you read that right. 80 freakin’ percent.)

Yeah, yeah, you’re probably sitting here thinking, “Oh, shut up already. I always make sure to put on sunscreen before I hit the beach or the pool, so what’s the big deal?”

The big deal is that sometimes we don’t even realize that we are getting exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays when we’re not trying to get our tan on. The simple act of taking the dog for a walk, driving the kids back and forth to camp, or just being outside is enough to put us at risk. Even on cloudy days, the rays can still peek through and get to us, which is why I am absolutely IN LOVE with this amazing new UV detection jewelry that’s made by a friend of mine.

How cute is that bracelet? M. Mills Co. makes necklaces and pendants too, and they come in a variety of colors. (I have a pink one and a red one.) Ok, let’s forget the fact that this stuff is attractive and get back to the UV detection bit. Each piece contains a special UV detection bead, which changes from clear to blue when exposed to the sun. So even on days when you don’t think you’re at risk, all you have to do is look at your wrist, check your bead, and you’ll have an easy, gentle reminder to keep a tube of sunscreen in your purse. Easy-peasy, right?

Now do me a favor and head on over to M. Mills Co’s website and check out this cool line. You seriously can’t afford NOT to wear one of these things this summer.

*Disclosure — I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. My friend did not bribe me either. I’m just pimping out her stuff because it’s awesome and I dig wearing it — and I know you will too.

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‘Biggest Loser’ Host Alison Sweeney Shares Tips for Staying Healthy, Organized, & Fit

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