Convertible Survival Guide
Yes! I am a dermatologist and I drive a convertible. It really shocks people sometimes. They expect that I should hide in a basement (if we had basements in AZ). Derms are supposed to be sun averse because sun causes cancer and wrinkles, brown spots and scaly red patches. Everyone knows that, us especially.
So to justify my choice of vehicles I invite you to visit my glove compartment. Therein lies the many ways one can have fun in the sun and still protect their skin.
1 Sunscreen: Obvious first option but this is different than what you expect. When I get ready in the morning I slather on SPF 50. When I get in the car and every time I get in the car when the top is down, I dust on powdered sunscreen SPF 50. I can do this safely while driving, I don’t have fuss with the makeup and the very vulnerable arms are quick to cover with powder as well.
2 Mister: This is awesome in dry hot AZ. It is a cooling spritz that sets the powdered sunscreen and takes away the powdery look. Great for adding a little moisture to the skin. Repeat as often as you feel dry.
3 Lip gloss: Contains an SPF of 30. Mine is colorless, I don’t have to look in the mirror to get it on right. Just gloss and drive. Skin cancer is particularly deadly when it occurs on the lips so it is worth throwing on a little extra protection.
4 Hat: I bet you thought that a hat would be the first thing. You really can’t get your sunscreen on well if you have a hat on. After the SPF, don the hat. Has to be a wide brim all the way around. The cheeks don’t get much protection from a ball cap.
5 Scarf: Not exactly like the one Grace Kelly wrapped her head in in the 50’s. This is an SPF 50 white square of lightweight fabric that I drape over my knees and thighs when my shorts or skirt don’t cover completely. I can also wrap it around my neck and protect the upper chest as well.
6 Sleeves: SPF 50 sleeves can be found at the golf store. Slip them on and the lower arms are completely safe from beating sun.
7 Water: It may not protect your skin but dehydration is a huge AZ summertime issue. Stay Hydrated!
This may seem like a lot but it all tucks away easily in my glove compartment, ready whenever I need anything. Nothing will melt or explode. Nothing will expire (I use mineral sunscreens, not chemical which degrade with time).
So be safe, it’s sunny out there!