• Know your “sun capital”

Each person has a “sun capital” and the effects of the sun are cumulative: by dint of exposure, we reach a point of no return, the skin which is damaged by the sun can no longer repair itself and s ‘alters.

When we expose ourselves too much, the risk is to develop skin cancer. And some people are more at risk than others: those who have very pale skin, skin that tans with difficulty, people who have a lot of moles, those who have been getting more sunburnt since childhood or who have family history.

Each year, there are more than 15,000 new cases of cutaneous melanoma in France. Cancer that must be acted on very quickly because it can spread to other organs. But beware, melanoma does not spare anyone, even if you have dark or black skin!

As soon as you leave home, and not only when you are at the beach, you should apply index 50 sunscreen, and put it in a thick layer because the indices are intended for a generous application.

If we use less cream, we divide the effect of the index. The application should be repeated every two hours. Avoid the hours when the sun is strongest, i.e. at its zenith, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

There is also a very easy self-test: go in search of the mole that does not look like the others on your body.

To differentiate a mole from a melanoma, just follow the letters A B C D E :
-A for Asymmetry, a mole that is not round or oval
-B as Irregular edges
-C as non-homogeneous color
-D for Diameter, if the size of the mole increases, especially above 6 millimeters
-E like Evolution, if it quickly changes size, shape or color

This self-examination should be performed once or twice a year. As soon as you spot one of these signs, or even at the slightest doubt, you should go to a dermatologist without delay.