6 simple tips for sun protection

The Lead june 2016 - Lifetime Benefit Solutions

6 simple tips for sun protection

Sun Protection Tips -  LBS
It’s summertime, and while you and your family may be itching to get outside and spend hours at the pool or the park, it’s essential to take precautions against sun damage. Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

Make sure you follow these 6 Simple Tips to stay protected when you head outside:

  1. Wear sunscreen when outdoors, even in the winter. Even when it’s cloudy. Make sure it has an SPF of 30 or greater and says “broad-spectrum” on the label. Broad-spectrum means it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming. First apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors.
  3. Avoid being exposed when the sun’s rays are strongest, which is typically from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  4. If you are outdoors at this time, wear wide-brimmed hats and, if you can stand it, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  5. Wear sunglasses with total UV protection.
  6. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your ears and lips!

 

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