Monday, August 12, 2013

12 Tips on Sun Safety

Being aware of the dangers of too much sun exposure is important. The risks of too much sunlight and/or tanning bed exposure for your skin are: Skin cancer, sunburns and premature wrinkling/aging of the skin. Regardless of where you live or the season, the potential for overexposure is there. Here are twelve helpful tips to help protect you.

Photo by Carole Jakucs; view of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
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  1. Look for the words, “Broad Spectrum,” on the label of your sunscreen, for the fullest protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more, 30 or more is better to prevent sunburns.
  3. Stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM when the sun is the strongest.
  4. Use a, “Water Resistant,” sunscreen.
  5. Reapply every hour, especially if you’re sweating or swimming because sunscreen wears off quickly when the skin is wet.
  6. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to all areas of skin that are exposed to the sun.
  7. Don’t forget to cover these spots too: The bottoms of your feet, back of your neck, ears cartilage and top of the head if you have any balding areas/hair loss.
  8. Remember your lips: Get a special sunscreen product formulated for the lips.
  9. A good brand of sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays will help to reduce your risk of developing cataracts.
  10. Wear a hat (with a brim) or sun-visor – to help cover your head and face in addition to sunscreen.
  11. Burns and sun damage to our skin occurs even on cloudy days so protect yourself from premature wrinkling, skin cancer and sunburns, even if it’s cloudy.
  12. If you’re prone to skin allergies, look for fragrance free or hypoallergenic sunscreen products to reduce your chances of an allergic reaction.

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