The weather, so far, has been less than perfect.  We've made it to Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer.  To help make your summer nice, here's a little advice.  Don't you love poetry?

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Spending time outdoors and especially at the beach is great.  Too much sun.  Not so great.

I'm not telling you earth-shattering news.  This is just a reminder.  A summer refresher course.

If your skin is exposed to the sun it can lead to sunburn, wrinkles, and yes, skin cancer.

To maintain healthy skin it's important to use the correct type of sunblock.

There are several kinds in the form of lotions, oils, sticks, sprays, and gels.  Before you purchase any of these, read the label.

Make sure it's a "broad spectrum" sunblock, meaning that it has UVA and UVB protection that guards against ultra violet light.

The sunblock should have an SPF rating of at least 30.

Here's something I didn't know.  The American Association of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that sunblocks should be applied 15 to 20 minutes to all exposed areas before sun exposure.  This allows for a protective film to develop.

If you will be going in and out of the pool or ocean, make sure the label says "water-resistant" or "very water-resistant."  After coming out of the water, just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to re-apply.

There you go.  Some simple tips to help you enjoy your summer in the Great Garden State.