Effective Sun Protection

It’s a beautiful day outside. It’s warm and the sun is shining. So many people may have the instinct to throw on something lightweight that exposes a lot of skin and run outside to soak up the sun. While good weather is absolutely meant to be appreciated, it is important to remember that exposure to UV rays may lead to not only premature aging, but also to skin cancer. Fortunately, there are many easy steps one can take to protect themselves from damaging sun rays.

  • Use sunscreen or sunblock

    • Sunscreen is a lightweight formula that filters UV rays, preventing many of them from reaching the skin. Sunblock is a thicker formula that reflects UV rays before they are able to reach the skin. Experts say that as long as you choose a broad spectrum formula, neither form is more effective than the other.

  • Apply sunscreen or sunblock correctly

    • Apply sunscreen thoroughly over all areas of skin, remembering to apply to face, ears, and backs of hands.

    • Apply at least 30 minutes before going outside.

    • Reapply every 2 hours or immediately after getting wet or sweating excessively.

  • Shade

    • Staying out of direct sunlight may help protect against harmful UV rays.

    • It is especially important to limit your time in direct sunlight during peak sun hours. Peak hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., regardless of season.

  • Protective clothing

    • The more skin that is covered, the more protection is offered from the sun.

    • Long pants and long-sleeved shirts provide protection. Wide-brimmed hats offer even further protection.

  • Protect your eyes

    • UV rays may cause damage not only to the skin, but to the eyes as well.

    • Sunglasses not only provide comfort on bright days, but protect the eyes from damaging UV rays.


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