Simple steps to stay safe under the summer sun

The summer sun warms our shoulders, gives permission to slip into sandals and bask in rays of vitamin D. Like most of life’s simplest pleasures, sunshine arrives with a caveat. Remember: A little sun is a lot like chocolate; a little can go a long way. To protect yourself from overexposure, local experts offer these tips.

Liberty Hoberman, M.D.

Liberty Hoberman, M.D.
Liberty Skin Renewal Clinic,
Liberty Surgical Associates
400 136th Ave., Ste. 416,

Liberty Skin Renewal Clinic in Holland loves to protect skin. An individual skin regimen begins with a consult, which is conducted by Dr. Liberty Hoberman, a graduate in neurobiology from the University of Michigan and Wayne State Medical School in Detroit. She completed her residency in general surgery in Grand Rapids.

“As a surgeon, my career has been in tissue and skin healing, so the skin care and laser services were a natural progression,” Hoberman said. “We all love the beach here in West Michigan, but we need to be educated about the (skin) products we use, how to use them and use them often. Every day, I like to see my clients in a tinted primer with SPF 50 on the face, neck and chest, or a mineral powder SPF.”

Hoberman invites residents and visitors to the lakeshore to call for a skin consult (complimentary) and product recommendation or to sooth sun-kissed skin with a facial.

Dr. Kate Mulder DeJonge of West Coast Eye Care

Dr. Kate Mulder DeJonge
West Coast Eye Care
456 E. 16th St.,

UV protection for eyes in the summer is generally understood. But it is equally, if not more important, in the winter with glare off the snow instead of sand. Yearround protection makes a pair of prescription sunglasses a year-round investment. Dr. Kate Mulder DeJonge said Xperio UV polarized lenses provide protection during any season.

“Xperio UV polarized prescription sun lenses are a complete outside solution that provide maximum UV protection available in a sun lens and the best vision under the sun,” she said. “It’s like sunscreen for your eyes.”

When outdoors, the lenses also eliminate glare and allow sharp, bright colors and excellent clarity. The lenses are scratch resistant, too. Vintage shapes, aviator and tortoise shell frames remain classic styles.

“We style glasses based on the shape of the frame first to your face shape, then consider color choices,” Mulder DeJonge said.

Cathy Rice of That Hat

Cathy Rice
That Hat
41 Washington Ave., Ste. 135,
Grand Haven

Cathy Rice has been the hat lady in Grand Haven for 28 years. Located in the historic piano factory, That Hat boutique serves both men and women.

Several men stopped by her shop before leaving for the Kentucky Derby to select just the right fedora for Churchill Downs, and others for a traditional straw boater.

“We’ve moved from extravagant Kentucky Derby hats and elegant summer wedding hats for women into sun hats and travel hats that collapse for easy packing,” Rice said. The best-selling hat in her shop is a canvas brim with an adjustable crown, which is made possible by a simple drawstring. It is available in a rainbow of colors.

Summer hats, Rice said, look good with most outfits and have the bonus of providing scalp, hair and skin protection from the sun.