Stay safe in the sun this Summer

Avoid Excess Sun

  • While the right balance of sunlight can have health and mood-lifting benefits, excess exposure can be harmful to your skin is and a risk for skin cancer.

  • It is especially wise to avoid exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are most intense (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) or when the Ultraviolent (UV) Index is 3 or higher in your area.

  • While outside, you can reduce your risk of sun damage by staying in the shade of a tree, umbrella, overhang, or other shelter that blocks direct sunlight.


Wear Sunscreen

  • Sunscreen is recommended to lower your risk for sunburn, skin cancer and early skin aging.

  • The FDA recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, even on cloudy days.

  • Sunscreen should be applied liberally to all uncovered skin, especially your nose, ears, neck, hands, feet, and lips.

  • If swimming or sweating, sunscreen should be reapplied according to the water resistance claims posted on the label.

  • Sunscreen should be reapplied no more than two hours after previous application.


Wear Protective Clothing

  • Clothing can provide protection from UV rays and when possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts while in the sun.

  • Darker colors absorb more UV rays than lighter colors like whites and pastels, thus allowing less UV rays to reach your skin.

  • Tightly woven fabrics, such as canvas, work best to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

  • Wide brim hats offer the most protection for your face, ears and the back of your neck and darker hats provide more UV protection.


Use Eye Protection

  • Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays, thus reducing the risk of cataracts. 

  • Sunglasses also protect the tender skin around your eyes from exposure to the sun.

  • Most sunglasses in the United States, regardless of cost, block both UVA and UVB rays, which is the desired level of protection and wrap-around sunglasses further block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.


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