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Six Ways to be Safer in the Sun



Summer is right around the corner! That means more time at the beach, sporting events, picnics and much more! While it’s exciting to enjoy the warm and sunny weather, it’s crucial to avoid the sun’s harmful rays. Just follow these six tips to stay safe while still having fun in the sun:

1.) Wear sunscreen. Make sure you apply sunscreen before heading outside and remember to reapply it every two hours to make sure it stays effective. Those with fair skin may have to apply sunscreen more frequently, and should choose one with a higher SPF. An SPF of at least 30 can help prevent the damaging effects from the sun’s UV rays. Don’t forget to apply it to your lips, ears, hands, feet and scalp.


2.) Cover up. It’s important to cover up any exposed skin if you’re going to be in the sun for extended amounts of time. If possible, try wearing long sleeves, pants and a hat to keep you covered. Taking some time to retreat to the shade is also helpful to hide you from the sun’s rays.


3.) Wear sunglasses. Don’t forget your eyes! Over time, UV rays can start to negatively affect your vision. To prevent this, it’s important to wear sunglasses that have 99–100 percent UV protection. This can help protect you from the sun’s glare on sand or water.


4.) Limit your time in the sun. UV rays are the most intense and harmful to your body between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Try to avoid being in the sun for longer periods of time between those hours. Spending long hours in the sun can increase your chances of sunburn and sun poisoning.  If you need to be out during those hours, make sure to spend some time in the shade and be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and water.


5.) Stay hydrated. It’s important to stay hydrated when you are in the sun for long periods of time. The heat of direct sunlight can make you sweat, causing you to become dehydrated. When you’re dehydrated, your heart has to work a lot harder than it usually would. When you’re hydrated, it’s easier for your heart to pump blood to your muscles.


6.) Check your skin and get regular checkups. Make sure to check for any abnormalities on your skin. If you notice any skin changes, such as oddly shaped, raised or discolored moles, it’s important to contact your doctor or dermatologist for a checkup. This is especially important if you’ve been treated for skin cancer in the past or if there is a history of skin cancer in your family.

Have fun in the sun!

By following these six easy tips you can enjoy the warmth and stay safe this summer.

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*This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.