Tips to stay safe in the sun:
- MINIMIZE INTENSE SUN EXPOSURE.
If possible, plan your outdoor activities to avoid peak exposure time (10:00
AM – 4:00 PM). Be aware of the daily UV Index: UV
- USE A BROAD-SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN (SPF 30 OR HIGHER).
The slightly greater protection offered by higher SPF ratings may be needed for
a) long exposure times
b) extreme climates (tropics or high altitude) or
c) persons with fair skin. Higher SPFs are also recommended for those who typically apply a lighter amount.
- APPLY SUNSCREEN AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE SUN EXPOSURE.
This allows bonding-based formula sunscreen to better bond to the skin.
For added protection, use a sunscreen with Titanium Dioxide or Avobenzone.
- REAPPLY SUNSCREEN OFTEN.
About an eighth of an ounce covers all exposed skin for an average sized
child in short sleeves and shorts. Adult coverage may vary.
- SUNSCREEN DOESN’T MAKE YOU IMMUNE FROM THE SUN.
To the contrary, even if you wear sunscreen and don’t burn, excessive
sun exposure can suppress the immune system.
- WEAR A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT AND UV-PROTECTIVE SUNGLASSES.
Your eyes also need protection from UV.
- USE A LIP BALM RATED AT SPF 15 OR HIGHER.
People often forget that lips sunburn too!
- AVOID GETTING SUNBURNED.
Repeated sunburns, especially in children, dramatically increases the
risk of skin cancer. Also avoid sunlamps and tanning salons.
- EXAMINE YOUR SKIN REGULARLY.
Use the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer Detection:
A represents ASYMMETRY
B represents BORDER
C represents COLOR
D represents DIAMETER
E represents ELEVATION
- SUNBURN BLISTERS ARE 2ND DEGREE BURNS, SEE A DOCTOR.
Sunburns can look mild at first, but over a period of time, they can progress towards the blister stage.