Summer is a time to relax and unwind with friends and family. And it usually means fun in the sun. Are you taking steps to protect your skin?
Did you know?
Ultraviolet (UV) rays – from the sun and other sources like tanning beds – are the #1 cause of skin cancer. Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage and wrinkles.
Sun safety tips
It’s important to wear sunscreen. But sunscreen may not always be enough. Try combining any of the following tips to find a method that works for you. These steps can help you protect your skin, even on overcast days:
- Avoid or limit your time in the sun.
- Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
- Stay in the shade when the sun is the strongest (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
- Cover up with clothing.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses.
- Make sure you do not burn.
- American Cancer Society
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.