Summer is Here! Stay Safe in the Sun.
Jun 23, 2017
Summer is finally here! It's a great time to be active outdoors, but make sure you are staying safe in the sun.
Here are some great tips from the National Institutes of Health and Go4Life:
- Limit your time in the sun. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies. The sun’s rays pass through clouds. You can also get sunburned if you’re in the water so be careful when in a pool, lake or the ocean.
- Use sunscreen. Put sunscreen on 15-30 minutes before you go outside. Use a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protective factor) number of 15 or higher. It’s best to choose sunscreens with “broad spectrum” on the label. “Water resistant” sunscreen stays on your skin even if you get wet or sweat a lot, but it isn’t waterproof.
- Reapply sunscreen. You’ll need to reapply your sunscreen about every 2 hours, and you’ll need to put it on more often if you’re swimming, sweating, or rubbing your skin with a towel. Pay special attention to your face, nose, ears, and shoulders.
- Wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim can shade your neck, ears, eyes, and head. If you have to be in the sun, wear a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
- Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays.
- Drink plenty of liquids, especially if it’s hot outside. Water and fruit juices are good options. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Use a lip balm with sunscreen.