Sun Safety

The weather is getting warmer and many of us will spend the next few months outside, whether it is by the pool, gardening, or just enjoying the outdoors. Being outside is great, but before you head outside, be sure to read the tips below on keeping safe in the sun!

  1. Always wear sunscreen. Apply sunscreen before you leave the house. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher (1).
  2. Reapply sunscreen. Sunscreen should be reapplied throughout the day and 30 minutes before you go outside. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends reapplying every two hours and immediately after swimming and sweating (2).
  3.  Stay away from tanning beds! Many people think that using a tanning bed to get a base tan will prevent you from burning or that it is safer than the sun. This is not true as there is no such thing as a healthy tan. According to Mayo Clinic, “..any change in skin color from tanning is a sign of damage from UV radiation.” Say NO to tanning beds (3)!
  4. Don’t believe the myths! Just because it’s cloudy and overcast outside, doesn’t mean that you won’t get burnt. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Up to 80% of UV rays that cause sun damage can penetrate the clouds (4).” Even on a cloudy day, be sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing.
  5. Avoid the sun as much as possible. Try to stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm, as these times are when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you are going to be outside during that time make sure you put on sunscreen, as well as wear UV protected sunglasses and a hat (5).



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