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Survive & Thrive In the Summer Sun

By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology

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.

Shield Yourself from the Sun

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:

Hat

  • 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.

Sunglasses

  • Choose a pair that has large lenses and completely cover your eyes. Also find a pair that has UV protection built right in.

Sunscreen

  • Find a good sunscreen (with an SPF 15-50) and apply it generously!  Don’t forget to reapply every two hours.

Shade

  • 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.


Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health

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