Sun Safety Tips


There really is no season for sun safety; we are vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays at any time of the year and in any kind of weather. But in summer it’s especially important to be informed about sun safely, since we spend more time outside, wearing less clothing than at other times of the year. Here are some sun safety tips to follow to help protect your skin from dangerous sun exposure:

  • Avoid the sun at peak times. The sun is hottest between 10 AM and 4 PM, so you should avoid being out in the sun during that time. Look for shady areas, or create shade with tents or umbrellas.
  • Cover up. Wear hats, long sleeves and pants made of tightly woven fabric.
  • Always wear sunblock. Even on cloudy and overcast days.
  • Make sure you have enough protection. Your sunblock should have an SPF of 30 or higher, and be effective at blocking both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Apply sunblock at the right time. Ideally, 15-30 minutes before going out, so it has enough time to get absorbed by your skin.
  • Be generous. Don’t skimp on the sunblock. You should apply about a shot glass full over your body, plus more for your face.
  • Reapply often. Every two hours or so, or more often after sweating and swimming.
  • Wear sunglasses. Make sure the label says they block UVA and UVB, to help protect your corneas and the delicate skin around your eyes.
  • Check your medications. Taking certain medications can make you more sensitive to the sun, so check with your doctor or pharmacist and then make sure you take adequate precautions.
  • Get regular skin checks. Know what’s normal for your skin and be on the lookout for any suspicious changes or new moles.
  • Stay away from tanning beds. They are not safer than the actual sun, like some people like to believe. Tanning beds also have dangerous rays.

Summer is a great time of the year, so make sure you enjoy it safely!