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Sun Safety Tips

Posted by Erin Landauer, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent

Do you enjoy reading a good book at the beach on a beautiful sunny day? Lounging poolside with a fruity umbrella drink? Catching some rays can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience but there are some dangers you need to be aware of.

Direct sunlight without skin protection increases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. Skin cancer effects people of all skin tones, so everyone needs to protect their skin from the rays. You can help reduce your risk by following these tips:
– Use Broad Spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of 15 or higher regularly and as directed. Broad Spectrum helps protect against UVB and UVA rays.
– Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
– Limit your sun exposure, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm.
– Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun –e.g., large brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses, pants, and rash guard swim shirts.
– Protect your lips! Pick a lip balm with SPF.

Sources:
American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs (Retrieved 7/7/15)

Food and Drug Administration
http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/understandingover-the-countermedicines/ucm239463.htm (Retrieved 7/7/15)

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