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Tips to Protect Your Skin this Summer

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Summertime has arrived. Spending time with family and friends in the pool, boogie boarding at the beach and sun bathing are some ways we like to enjoy our weather. However, this puts you at risk for getting a sun burn.

Before you plan to go outdoors, make sure to protect your skin from head to toe. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage and even melanoma.

What can you do to protect your skin:

  • Dress Appropriately – Wear a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and pants, when possible. For doing yard work, swimming and leisure, wear special clothing that protects against ultraviolet rays. Clothing should have a UVP (ultraviolet protection factor) above 30. In comparison, an ordinary tee shirt only has a UVP factor of 6.
  • Use sunscreen daily – Sunscreen should have an SPF rating of 30 or higher. You should apply sunscreen every two hours if you’re swimming or sweating. Look for a sunscreen that’s water resistant, broad-spectrum and protects against both UVA (ultraviolet shortwave) and UVB (ultraviolet long-wave). Don’t forget about your hands, feet and any bald spots.
  • Protect your eyes - Wear sunglasses with broad-spectrum protection. If you use contact lenses, they should have UV protection.
  • Use lip balm - Get an SPF of at least 30, and reapply after eating. You should also choose cosmetics that offer UV protection.
  • Avoid prime time sun- Try to stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Check skin regularly - Look for new spots or growths or changes to those you already have. See your doctor immediately if you notice anything suspicious.
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