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Protect Your Family from the Summer Sun

Release Date: July 12, 2023

You don’t have to be at the pool or the beach to get too much sun. While it’s important to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, you don’t need to stay inside during the day to protect your skin from the risk of skin cancer. Keep these things in mind to stay safe in the sun.

Get to know the UV Index. UV rays are an invisible kind of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. UVA and UVB rays can damage skin cells, causing things like sunburns, wrinkles and even skin cancer. UVA penetrates deeper into the skin and is more constant throughout the year. Check your local forecast, and if the UV index is rated three or higher in your area, protect your skin from too much sun exposure.

  • Get a Hat. Hats provide great protection for the face, scalp, ears and neck. Keep in mind that while baseball caps are popular, they do not provide good coverage for the neck and ears, so consider a hat that provides more protection.

  • Wear Sunglasses. Look for sunglasses that provide as close to 100% protection against UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) as possible.

  • Wear Sunscreen. Use sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 with UVA and UVB protection every time you go outdoors. For best results, apply generously 30 minutes prior to going outside. Don’t forget the ears, noses, lips, and tops of feet.

  • Seek Shade. UV rays are most harmful during the midday so try to plan indoor activities during that time. If unavoidable, seek shade with an umbrella, a tree or a pop-up tent.

  • Cover Up. Long-sleeved shirts and pants can protect the skin from UV rays. Darker colors offer more protection than lighter ones.

For additional information or resources, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sun Safety Strategies webpage.

Last Updated: 07/12/2023
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