Not so fun: Spending time in the sun can cause skin cancer, wrinkled skin and eye damage.
To help keep you and your loved ones healthy while you’re enjoying time outdoors, the sun-safety experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offer this advice:
Choosing and Using Sunscreen
- Choose sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. SPF 15 blocks 93% of the sun’s UVB rays; SPF 30 blocks 97%.
- Look for “broad spectrum” sunscreens that protect against both types of ultraviolet rays – UVA and UVB – and all types of skin damage caused by sunlight.
- Use water-resistant sunscreen that stays on skin longer, even when it gets wet.
- Apply the recommended amount evenly to all uncovered skin, especially your lips, nose, ears, neck, hands, and feet (and top of head if you don’t have much hair).
- Apply enough sunscreen: at least one ounce (a shot-glass full) to cover an adult from head to toe.
- Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out in the sun to give your skin time to absorb it.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water.
- Apply sunscreen to children older than 6 months every time they go out. Consult your pediatrician about using sunscreen on children under 6 months old.
Other good advice
- Choose protective eyewear clearly labeled “sunglasses” and make sure they offer 99 to 100% UV protection. Children should also wear real sunglasses. Wrap sunglasses offer the most protection for everyone.
- Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Wear clothing to cover skin – long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats.
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