3 Smart Sun Safety Tips for Your Family
There aren’t many things more satisfying than being outside in the sunshine on a beautiful day. However, too much time spent in the sun increases your risk of developing skin cancer, one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer in the United States today. To ensure your family enjoys a healthy summer, follow these CDC-recommended sun safety tips.
1) Wear Sunscreen
If you are spending any length of time in the sun, don’t forget about the benefits of applying sunscreen. It is a highly recommended source of protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Selecting Your Sunscreen
- Use SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or Higher
- Make sure it provides broad-spectrum coverage against UVA and UVB rays
- Choose water-resistant sunscreen
- Check the expiration date
To protect you and your family, apply sunscreen generously in a thick layer on all exposed skin at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
Reapplying When Needed
No matter how high the SPF, sunscreen does not last all day. Reapply it to your skin every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
2) Cover Up When Possible
Sunscreen provides powerful protection, but it does not block 100 percent of the sun’s rays. If you are interested in maximizing your sun protection, cover the parts of your body most susceptible to burning.
When spending time in the sun, it’s best to be prepared. If you are planning on spending the day in the sun, consider wearing a long-sleeve shirt, long pants or skirt made of light fabrics. Or, if you take a trip to the beach, wear a T-shirt to limit your exposure to the sun.
In the summertime, hats can be both fashionable and functional. A large brimmed hat that shades your face, ears and the back of your neck is a smart way to avoid sunburns.
Sunglasses can do much more than make you look cool. They will protect your eyes from UV rays, reduce your risk of developing cataracts, and protect the tender skin around your eyes. When picking out a pair, look for sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
3) Spend Time in the Shade
Even the CDC’s sun safety tips can’t guarantee 100 percent protection from the sun. But, you can avoid the damaging rays of the sun by limiting the time you spend in direct sunlight. Try to do outdoor physical activities before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m., when the sun’s glare is less intense. Instead of sunbathing, try reading a book under a tree in the park.
Looking for Other Sun Safety Tips? Visit Family Health Centers
At Family Health Centers, our mission is to help you and your family live a healthier lifestyle. This July, in recognition of UV Safety Awareness Month, we are spreading the word about the importance of following CDC-recommended sun safety tips. If you would like to learn more, contact us today to request an appointment.