6 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun
Contributed by: Sun, Share Lemonade
Wisconsin summers never seem long enough. So, after a long winter, it makes sense that everyone wants to spend as much time as possible soaking up that good summer sun. But here’s a number to keep in mind: 15 minutes. That’s all it takes for the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays to damage your skin, potentially leading to wrinkles, sun spots and skin cancer.
Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy the great outdoors while also preventing skin damage. Here are six tips to help you stay safe in the sun:
- Avoid sunbathing. First and foremost, just say no to tanning. There’s no such thing as a safe tan. Even indoor tanning can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer.
- Limit your time in the sun. Stay out of the sun when it’s at its strongest –between the hours of 10am and 4pm. When outdoors on a sunny day, seek shade by sitting under a tree or an umbrella.
- Apply (and reapply) sunscreen. At least 15 minutes before going outside, cover over all areas of your body that will be exposed to the sun. Pick a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply it every two hours.
- Cover up. If possible, wear long-sleeve tops and pants. If it’s too warm to be completely covered, look for clothing made from UPF fabric. Another option is wearing darker colors, which help absorb UV rays before they reach your skin.
- Put on a hat. Pick one with a wide brim so you protect the skin on the top of your head and your face.
- Accessorize with sunglasses. A cute pair of sunnies does more than add style – they can also shield your eyes from UV rays that can cause problems such as cataracts. Find for a pair that blocks 99% or 100% of UVB and UVA rays.
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