Warm weather is just around the corner (we hope!) and it’s natural to want to get outside and soak up the rays. However, too much sun can be damaging to your skin, eyes, and may cause premature wrinkling. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d share our top tips for keeping you and your loved ones safe while you have some fun in the sun!
- Cover up! When out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to try and protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block UV light.
- Seek Shade: Limit the time you are exposed to the sun, especially between 10 am and 4 pm, when the UV rays are their strongest. Try not to get sunburnt.
- Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps: Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and can contribute to skin cancer.
- Lather up: Rub 1 to 2 table spoons of sunscreen on 15-30 minutes BEFORE you are exposed to the sun. Repeat at least every 80 minutes. Make sure you choose broad-spectrum protection with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Remember: “water resistant” does not mean “waterproof” so, if you are sweating or swimming, reapply sunscreen often.
- You can get sunburn when it’s cloudy! What!? That’s right, the sun’s rays can be their harshest during cloudy and overcast days, so be sure to always wear sunscreen.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should be used on children 6 months and older.
- Look for changes in your skin. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, check with your doctor.
Remember to stay hydrated during these hot summer months by drinking plenty of water throughout your day. Enjoy your time outdoors – just cover up, lather up, and keep your skin safe in the sun!