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Protect Your Skin From the Sun

It’s finally that time of year again. It’s warm and the sun is shining. While we may live in the North West we should be paying attention to the sun on our skin. Most skin cancer can be prevented. Use the following tips to protect your skin from the sun.

  1. Avoid sun exposure
    • The best way to prevent a sunburn is to avoid the sun
    • Stay out of midday sun, 10:00 am – 4:00 pmsunscreen-hat-and-sunglasses-at-Destin-Florida-beachfront-hotel
    • Wear hats with 4 inch brims that cover your neck, ears, eyes, and scalp
    • Sunglasses with UV ray protection prevent eye damage
    • Wear Loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing that cover your arms and legs
    • Or clothing made with sun protective fabric
  2. Sunscreen Protection
    • If you can’t avoid being in the sun, use sunscreen to help protect your skin
    • Its safest to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun
    • Use sunscreen that has a SPF of at least 30
    • And says “broad-spectrum”, which protects the skin from ultraviolet A and B (UVA and UVB) rays
    • Use lip balm or cream to protect your lips from getting sunburned
  3. Applying Sunscreen
    • At least 15 to 30 minutes before going in the sun
    • To all exposed areas, including nose, ears, neck, scalp, and tops of your feet.
    • Evenly over the skin and in the recommended amount
  4. Other Sunscreen Tips
    • If you have sensitive skin, try sunscreens that are free of chemicals, para-aminobenzioic acid (PABA), preservatives, perfumes, and alcohol.
    • Consider using a physical sunscreen, such as zinc oxide, if you are going to have high exposure to the sun
    • If you need to use suncreen and an insect repellant with DEET, apply sunscreen first and then apply the insect repellent with DEET, but the sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours

Enjoy your summer and keep your skin safe!

(credit: GroupHealth, Health & Wellness Article:  https://member.ghc.org/kbase/topic.jhtml?docId=tv6658spec) 

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