Is Your Skin Going to Be Protected From the Summer Sun?

September 27, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM EDT

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Is Your Skin Going to Be Protected From the Summer Sun?

September 27, 2013 Updated May 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM EDT

School will soon be out, and so will the sun. Will you be protected from the summer rays while at the pool, the beach or on vacation?

With that in mind, here are some tips from the American Cancer Society on how to best limit your exposure to harmful UV rays this summer.

According to the American Cancer Society website:

1. Seek shade

An obvious but very important way to limit your exposure to UV light is to avoid being outdoors in direct sunlight too long. This is particularly important between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when UV light is strongest. If you are unsure about the strength of the sun’s rays, use the shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are the strongest, and it is important to protect yourself.

2. Protect your skin with clothing

When you are out in the sun, wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. Clothes provide different levels of UV protection, depending on many factors. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts cover the most skin and are the most protective. Dark colors generally provide more protection than light colors. A tightly woven fabric protects better than loosely woven clothing. Dry fabric is generally more protective than wet fabric.

3. Use sunscreen

Always follow the label directions. Most recommend applying sunscreen generously. When putting it on, pay close attention to your face, ears, neck, arms, and any other areas not covered by clothing. If you’re going to wear insect repellent or makeup, put on the sunscreen first.

4. Wear a hat

A hat with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim all around is ideal because it protects areas such as the ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp that are often exposed to intense sun, such as the ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.

5. Wear sunglasses that block UV rays

UV-blocking sunglasses are important for protecting the delicate skin around the eyes, as well as the eyes themselves. Research has shown that long hours in the sun without protecting your eyes increase your chances of developing some eye diseases.

Text courtesy of American Cancer Society website

 

Find out your Sun Safety IQ by taking a quiz from the American Cancer Society by clicking HERE.

Find some more summer sun safety tips from WebMD HERE.