Summer is coming and the sun is out! Did you know the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in just 15 minutes?
Here are a few tips to avoid skin damage while soaking up the sun:
1. Wear protective clothing. Tightly woven fabric is best. Better yet, some clothing is certified as UV protective. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and long skirts are ideal. If you prefer wearing a T-shirt, try to use additional methods of protection like sunscreen.
2. Wear a hat. Hats with tightly woven fabric that have a brim to shade your face, ears, and neck are the most protective! If you wear a baseball cap, remember your neck and ears still need sunscreen!
3. Wear sunglasses. Protect your eyes from UV rays and decrease your risk of cataracts. Look for sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays- most of them do.
4. Sit in the shade. Sitting under an umbrella, trees, or other shelter can help reduce your risk of skin cancer.
5. Put on sunscreen! Be sure to check the expiration date of your sunscreen (sunscreen usually lasts about 3 years). Use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Sunscreen helps to absorb, scatter, and reflect the sunlight. Make sure you put it on even if it is cloudy or cool. Also, you should reapply every 2 hours.