To help keep you safe in the sun this summer, Outrun the Sun, Inc. offers it’s top 10 sun safety tips:
1) Protect your scalp by wearing a hat. Your hair doesn’t protect your scalp.
2) Wear sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of 30 or higher that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. These are termed “broad spectrum” sunscreens.
3) Remember that water and sand reflect the sun, making the rays even stronger!
4) Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours (more if you are swimming or sweating.)
5) Check the expiration date of your sunscreen. If it is expired, its active ingredients are not active!
6) Wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.
7) Stay out of direct sun when the rays are the strongest: between 10 am and 4pm.
8) Don’t use tanning beds!
9) Wear protective clothing with a built-in UPF factor in the fabric.
10) Remember that a white cotton T-shirt has a UPF factor of only 5 to 7. Wear clothing that is tightly woven and darker in color so less UV rays reaches your skin.
Learn more about sun safety and skin cancer prevention at www.outrunthesun.org.
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