By Genevieve Knight and Gabrielle Knight
Summer is right around the corner! Is your skin protected from the sun’s harsh UV rays? Sun protection is very important, especially when you spend long amounts of time out in the sun. Here are a few tips to keep you protected from the suns harsh rays:
- While outside, be aware of how long you’re out in the sun. If you’re out in the sun longer than 15 minutes, apply sunblock evenly to any exposed skin. Be sure to cover often missed spots including: lips, ears, neck, and scalp.
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher whenever you spend time outdoors. If you’re outdoors for a long period of time, use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Reapply every 1-2 hours
- Avoid outdoor activity from 10AM-4PM. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours.
- Wear proper clothing to prevent getting burned, such as, hats, sunglasses, and a white t-shirt to reflect the sun’s rays.
- Even if its cloudy or overcast at the beach, don’t think there’s no need to put on sun block. Up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds. Be sure to still wear sunblock even when the sun isn’t out.
- Apply sunblock even if you’re under an umbrella. The sand and water can reflect the sun’s rays and reach you.
Remember, sun protection is very important and can prevent you from getting skin cancer and sun damage. Follow these tips to keep your skin healthy from the sun’s rays.