Protect the Skin You're In

More than 1 Million Americans are living with Melanoma. Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color. Most Skin Cancers can be PREVENTED! We are here when you need us, but below are some tips and tricks to help you avoid having to come in!

Top Ten Tips for the Sun:

1. Use sunscreen every day, even if it’s cloudy.

2. Be extra careful around water and sand. These surfaces reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of getting a sunburn.

3. Keep babies younger than 6 months old completely covered and in the shade.

4. Limit the amount of time you’re in the sun between 10am and 4pm. This is when the sun’s rays are the most intense. Practice the shadow rule: if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are at their strongest, and you should find shade.

5. Accessorize with a hat that shades your face,neck, and ears and a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses with lenses that have 99% to 100% UV absorption provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.

6. If possible, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Dark clothing with tightly woven fabric blocks more sun than white or loosely woven fabrics. For additional protection, look for clothes made with special sun-protective materials 

7. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Reapply every hour if you are swimming or sweating.

8. Be even more cautious if you are taking medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun. These include specific types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapies.

9. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Make sure it is water-resistant and has a SPF of 30 or higher. Other sunscreens may help keep you from getting sunburned, but they won’t protect against skin cancer!

10. Apply at least one ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill a shot glass) at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Also use a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.

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