Summer Sun Safety
The summer sun is our cue to watch out for sunburn! Although everyone is at risk, those with light skin color, light hair or eye color, a family history of skin cancer, chronic sun exposure, or freckles are especially susceptible to the rays of the sun. But there is a lot we can do to protect ourselves.
Wear sunscreen! Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied at least every two hours. It is best to use water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Sunscreen is formulated to protect the skin against the sun’s ultraviolet light (UV), not to help the skin tan. Along with sunscreen, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends wearing wide brim hats and seeking shade under a beach umbrella or a tree. And sunglasses are important, too! Sunglasses protect our eyes from the bright light of the sun and they also protect the sensitive skin around the eyes.