Safely Enjoy the Sun This Summer

The best sunscreens have an SPF of 35 or more, although higher SPF factors don’t necessarily provide significantly better or longer protection. With new concerns about the level of absorption of substances in chemical sunscreens, barrier sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are better choices, especially for children.

Sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes prior to outdoor exposure or swimming (choose a water-resistant sunscreen that is safe for the environment). It should be reapplied every 2 hours and after swimming or perspiring.

Wear clothing with SPF technology, such as a wide-brimmed hat to protect the ears, nose, and face to not only avoid skin cancer, but also premature aging.

Choose sunglasses that have UVA and UVB protection to avoid photokeratitis, known as a “sunburn of the eye”, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, pterygium and cancer of the eyelids, the skin around the eye and even the eye itself.

Find some shade. Use an overhang, a tree, or an umbrella. Avoid direct sun exposure during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Today’s sunburn is tomorrow’s cancer. Protect yourself while enjoying the great outdoors!

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