LIMIT YOUR TIME IN THE SUN
Whenever possible, you should limit sun exposure from 10 am to 4 pm while the UV rays are their strongest. Try to plan outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon. If you are spending time outside during those peak hours, try to find shade where you can.
ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN
Sunscreen is essential for decreasing your risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging. Make sure to wear sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 every day (at least SPF 30 when spending the day outdoors). Apply to all exposed skin and remember to reapply every two hours!
WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
When possible, wear hats, long sleeve shirts, and pants to protect your skin. Hats with wide brim hats work the best to cover your face, ears, and neck – which are easy spots to forget when it comes to sun protection.
PROTECT YOUR EYES WITH SUNGLASSES
Sunglasses are essential in protecting your eyes from UV rays and reduces the risk of cataracts. For the best protection, you should choose pairs that block both UVA and UVB rays. More expensive sunglasses do not promise more protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States meet this standard.
Unfortunately, tanning indoors or outdoors are both unsafe options. Indoor tanning beds give out UV rays that can cause long term skin damage and cancer. If you want a tan, sunless tanning lotion might be a great alternative.
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