Tips to Protect Your Skin in the Summer Sun

Sun safety should take priority throughout the year—but especially during the summer months when your family spends more time outdoors. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can cause sunburn, wrinkles, leathery skin, eye damage, and skin cancer. So, remember these simple guidelines to protect your skin in the summer sun as you head out to enjoy the summer fun.

 

Wear sunscreen.

This is the most obvious rule. Cover all exposed skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater, and then reapply every two hours or even more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating. If you don’t have hair on the top of your head, apply sunscreen to this are or wear a hat. Remember that while some sunscreens may be labeled “water resistant,” none are waterproof. Also, check the expiration date to make sure your supply is still effective.

 

Get a good pair of shades.  

Sunglasses help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Buy a pair that offers at least 99% protection from UV light, and remember that darker lenses don’t necessarily filter more rays than lighter ones.

 

Cover exposed skin.

Sunscreen doesn’t offer 100% protection from the sun, so that’s why you should consider wearing a hat and light-weight clothing when venturing outside. Apparel made of tightly woven fabric offers the best coverage.

 

Stay in the shade.

Find shade under beach umbrellas, trees, or other forms of shelter as much as possible to limit your exposure.

 

Avoid tanning beds.

Like the sun, tanning beds emit UV light and can cause skin aging, cancer, and other issues.

 

Know your risks.

Everyone can sustain skin damage and develop skin cancer, but some are more at risk. Be especially careful if you have light-colored hair and pale skin or if you have had skin cancer or are related to someone who has had skin cancer.