Pack a spare pair of flip flops
Volodymyr Burdiak/Shutterstock Athlete’s foot, that itchy, burning bane of bare feet everywhere, comes with the territory during summer. “Athlete’s foot and other skin infections can be transferred by direct contact,” explains Patricia Nicholas, MD, president-elect of the New York State of Podiatric Medical Association. Keep your tootsies safe and comfortable this season by stashing a spare pair of cheap flip-flops in your beach bag or car and use them in common areas like pool decks, locker rooms, and beaches, to avoid exposure to this tough-to-treat infection. If you do happen to get it, try the home remedies for athlete’s foot that work naturally.
Artie Medvedev/Shutterstock Forget the base tan this summer! Melanoma is the leading cancer killer of people under 40, and even if you don’t get the deadly type, you can still be disfigured by it. Fortunately, this is one cancer that you can do a lot to prevent. Wearing sunscreen during the summer is a must, says Eric Meinhardt, MD, a dermatologist at California Dermatology Specialists. Keep a bottle handy and reapply per the directions as long as you’re outdoors, and seek shade during the sun’s strongest hours—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t forget these 10 summer skin care tips from dermatologists.