Sunshine and Summertime: Sun Safety 101

Summer is here and with it comes an array of fun outdoor activities-cookouts, swimming, beach vacations, and outdoor sporting events. With the increase of sun exposure, it is important to take measures to protect your skin from its potentially harmful effects. Too much sun can cause heat exhaustion, wrinkles, or most importantly–skin cancer. The average person only needs 10-15 minutes of sun 2-3 times a week in order to get their vitamin D, so the rest of the time, they should be covering up! Here are a few tips for saving your skin this summer:

1. Wear sunglasses, a hat, and light-weight clothing t0 cover up. Some clothing offers UV protection.

2. Apply sunscreen 10-15 minutes before going outside. Use at least SPF 15 and reapply every 2 hours. Be sure to use waterproof sunscreen if you plan on swimming. Check the expiration date on your sunscreen, as it loses its potency over time.

3. Check your medication labels to be sure your meds do not increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. 

4. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. are the peak hours for sun exposure. Avoid those times if you are extra sensitive to the sun or heat.

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