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> Sun Protection Tips
Sun Safety Week is organized by the Sun Safety Alliance, a non profit orginization dedicated to educating the public and showing them how they can adopt and practice safe sun protection. During Sun Safety Week families are encouraged to learn more about sun protection methods to protect themselves and their families. Unfortunately skin cancer is at an all time high, so it's very important that people learn the risk of prolonged exposure to UV rays.
Top 10 steps you can take to
When possible avoid outdoor activities between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm when the suns rays are at their strongest.
Always wear a broad-spectrum of sunscreen, SPF of 15 or higher; ones that protect against buth UVA and UBV rays.
Be sure to reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming, heavy perspiring or drying off with a towel.
Wear a hat with a 4" brim all around because it protects areas often exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose and scalp.
Wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts.
To protect your eyes from sun damage, wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation.
Consider wearing cosmetics and lip protectors of an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin year-round.
Swimmers should remember to regularly reapply sunscreen. UV rays reflect off water and sand, increasing the intensity of UV radiation.
Some medications, such as antibiotics, can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information about the medications you are taking.
Children need extra protection from the sun. One or two blistering sunburns before the age of 18 dramatically increases the risk of skin cancer. Encourage children to play in the shade, wear protective clothings and apply sunscreen regularly.
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