It’s time to start slathering the sun protectant if you plan on spending time outside. Especially between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. This time of year you are especially susceptible to a sunburn because the sun’s angle is more direct and intense. Here are a few tips from the EPA website about UV radiation.
Do NOT Burn
Sunburns significantly increase one’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer, especially for children.
Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
UV radiation from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling.
Generously Apply Sunscreen
Generously apply about one ounce of sunscreen to cover all exposed skin 15 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 and provide broad-spectrum protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
Wear Protective Clothing
Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, when possible.
Seek shade when possible, and remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
Water, snow, and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
Check the UV Index
The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure. The UV Index forecast is issued daily by the National Weather Service and EPA.
Get Vitamin D Safely
Get Vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with Vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun.