Be Sun-Smart--Skin-Protecting Tips for Summer
Enjoying Summertime fun almost always includes spending time in the sun. It's important to remember that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy days as well as bright and sunny ones. UV rays can also reflect off of surfaces such as sand, water, snow and cement. Tanning by using a tanning bed, booth or sun lamp, can also expose users to UV radiation.
Worst Hours for Sun Damage
Between 10:00am and 4:00pm are the most dangerous for UV exposure outdoors in the continental United States.
What to Do to Protect the Skin You're In
- Find Shade--especially during the hours listed above
- Cover up--wear clothing to protect exposed skin
- Don a Hat--Wear a hat with a wide brim to provide shade for the face, ears, head and neck
- Sport Shades--Wear sunglasses that wrap around and shut out as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible
- Sunscreen Up--Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection
- Nix the Bed--Avoid indoor tanning.
Follow Up with your Family Doctor
If your skin does become sunburned, or if you notice changes to your skin, such as new freckles or lesions after sun exposure, go see your Family Doctor. Some second degree sunburns can cause sun poisoning or extensive skin damage.
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