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The Best Ways to Protect Yourself from the Sun

Summer is just around the corner. Before it arrives, making sure that you’re safe from sun damage as you have fun will keep you from dealing with the repercussions later on. Here are some things to remember:

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Choose the right clothing
When you are out in the sun, wear clothing to cover your skin. Clothes provide different levels of UV protection. 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.

Be aware that covering up doesn’t block out all UV rays. If you can see light through a fabric, UV rays can get through, too.

Many companies now make clothing that’s lightweight, comfortable, and protects against UV exposure even when wet. It tends to be more tightly woven, and some have special coatings to help absorb UV rays. These sun-protective clothes may have a label listing the UV protection factor (UPF) value (the level of protection the garment provides from the sun’s UV rays, on a scale from 15 to 50+). The higher the UPF, the higher the protection from UV rays. Source: Cancer

Apply the right amount of sunscreen
There is no question that when used correctly, sunscreen works. Thing is, a product’s SPF, or sun protection factor, depends on the amount of product applied. “If you cover from head to toe with just a few squirts, you’re receiving only a fraction of the number listed on the bottle and increasing your risk of a burn,” says Dr. Engelman. It takes at least 1 ounce—that’s an entire handful—of lotion to properly cover the whole body. Squeeze out a teaspoon at a time to slather over each body part, including your face. If you’re using a spray, move the bottle back and forth no more than 2 inches away from your body until your skin has a glossy finish. Then—this is key—rub it in. Finally, when you think you’ve put on enough, add another layer, and remember to reapply every two hours (more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating). Source: Health

You’re not always safe from sun damage indoors
Protect yourself from the sun indoors and in cars. The sun can actually cause damage, even if you’re inside. Transparent window film screens can be installed to block out the sun’s rays. You should also wear sunscreen, even when riding in your car or sitting by a window in your house. Source: WikiHow

Sun damage can cause premature aging, or worse, skin cancer. Take care of your skin. Call us today!


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