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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

8 Ways To Protect Yourself From Summer Sun



Summer is fun in the sun, but not with a sunburn. In addition to the discomfort, overexposure to the sun can lead to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer, including melanoma. As you can see above, I'm ALWAYS in a hat when out in the sun, whether I'm in Washington or Hawaii.  Here are some suggestions to protect yourself:

1. Watch the clock.
The sun's damaging UV rays are strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daylight savings time in the continental U.S. Use extra protection.

2. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
Make sure it offers both UVA and UVB protection.

3. Check that your sunscreen is fresh. Note the expiration date – sunscreen lasts no more than three years, less if it's been exposed to high temperatures on the beach or in a closed car.

4. Reapply sunscreen frequently. Put on more when you're out beyond two hours, after a swim, or if you've been sweating. 

5. Wear clothing. No one likes extra clothes in the summer, but they do shield the skin from the sun. Loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants made of tightly woven fabric work best. T-shirts have an SPF under 15, wet t-shirts even less, so still use sunscreen.

6. Cover your head. A hat with a brim all around is best. Tightly woven fabrics like canvas are better than straw hats with holes. With baseball caps, protect your ears and neck with sunscreen or clothing.

7. Wear sunglasses. Most sold in the U.S. block both UVA and UVB rays, but check to make sure. Look for styles that wrap around and protect the tender skin near your eyes.

8. Seek out shade. You can really reduce the risk of skin damage by getting under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter, especially midday. But still put on sunscreen or protective clothing.

 

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