Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Be Sun Smart!


Mrs. North Dakota International 2016 – Ashley Rae Klinger
Be Sun Smart!



Hello, everyone! As always, I hope you’re all having a fabulous week!

The sun makes us smile and keeps us warm, but we must ‘Be Sun Smart’ and protect our skin on sunny AND cloudy days! As a Melanoma Skin Cancer Survivor, Skin Cancer Awareness and Sun Safety are very important to me, so today I’m going to share some quick and easy tips that can reduce the unhealthy affects of the sun and increase the overall health of our skin.

Melanoma didn't take my life, but it did change the way I live it! Although there are known health benefits of sun exposure, such as Vitamin D, which your skin produces in response to UVB rays, there are also a number of unhealthy affects of sun exposure, such as Skin Cancer.

Through my platform, The Cope Well Foundation, one of the many things we do is bring awareness to the importance of Sun Safety in order to help prevent Skin Cancer. With summer upon us, I'm going to start sharing some quick and easy ‘Be Sun Smart’ Tips with you. These tips will help you be more Sun Safe and will teach you how to protect yourself from the unhealthy affects of Sun Exposure. So, to kick it off, here is Tip #1!

Be Sun Smart Tip #1: This time of year is a popular travel month to warm and sunny destinations, especially for those of us who live in cold and snowy places. Although many of those travelers will seek to get a tan while on vacation, a large number of them will want the look of a tan BEFORE they actually leave. For those travelers, I encourage you to stay out of the tanning beds and find alternate, healthier ways to get the look of a tan without the damaging affects to your skin. Some alternatives include tanning lotions or spray tans. Don’t worry! It isn’t as scary or as difficult as Ross from Friends makes it out to be!



Once you’re on vacation, it’s okay to catch some rays and get a healthy glow. However it’s important to do it in moderation and in a safe way. So, when you find yourself out in the sun, especially for long periods of time, follow Tip #2!

Be Sun Smart Tip #2: Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide! It’s a tongue twister, but this quick and easy catch phrase reminds people of the 5 key ways they can protect themselves and their children from UV radiation:

·       Slip on a Shirt!
·       Slop on Sunscreen!
·       Slap on a Hat!
·       Seek the Shade!
·       Slide on Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes and Sensitive Skin around Them!



Just like me, you don’t have to stop spending time outdoors. In fact, I spend as much time outside as possible, especially during our Summer months. As mentioned earlier, there are known health benefits of sun exposure, so I’m not saying we can’t get a tan. We simply need to be a little more aware of the unhealthy affects of Sun Exposure when we’re outside and implement a few ‘Be Sun Smart’ changes that can moderate the amount of Sun Exposure we get, which will have a huge impact on the overall health of our skin.

For more quick and easy Sun Safety Tips, visit my Mrs. North Dakota International Facebook page today! In my ‘Be Sun Smart’ Tip #3, I’ll share with you how to select the right Sunscreen! Believe me, they’re not all the same!!!

Until next time, continue to make a difference!


Ashley Rae Klinger

“Making a difference in the lives of others isn’t my hobby, it’s my lifestyle.” ~ Ashley Rae Klinger