Survive & Thrive In the Summer Sun
Skin cancer rates have continued to climb over the last 30 years and, according to the National Cancer Institute, more than 2 million Americans develop skin cancer each year.
Sun safety is as essential as a seat belt. Every time you go in the sun think about sun protection.
If you are going to be out in the sun between 10 am – 4 pm when the sun rays are at their strongest, try to limit your sun (time) exposure. Utilize one (or more!) of these methods to protect yourself from the sun:
- Choose a hat with a large visor/brim of at least 3 inches that covers your face and neck. Find a big floppy hat and enjoy its shade.
Sun Protective Clothing
- Don’t just cover up! Find clothing that has a sun protection factor (SPF) or ultraviolet protection (UPF) factor built right into the fabric.
- Choose a pair that has large lenses and completely cover your eyes. Also find a pair that has UV protection built right in.
- Find a good sunscreen (with an SPF 15-50) and apply it generously! Don’t forget to reapply every two hours.
- Bring an umbrella or small tent with you to the beach; bask in its shade and stay out of the sun.
Keep all these things in mind to best protect yourself from the summer sun.