10 Sun Protection Tips

During the hot summer months, almost everyone enjoys spending time outside. Although the sun’s rays feel good, they are no friend to your skin. You may not notice it right away, but sun exposure can cause wrinkles and age spots—and more importantly, it is the leading cause of skin cancer. While spending time under the sun is unavoidable, following a few helpful tips can help you avoid further damage.

  1. Wear sunscreen (SPF 30) every day, in all weather conditions
  2. Reapply sunscreen every two hours if you are swimming
  3. Invest in a pair of sunglasses that offers total UV protection
  4. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and clothing with long sleeves
  5. Avoid being outside during peak sun hours (10AM to 2PM)
  6. Apply sunscreen before getting dressed so you don’t miss a spot
  7. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go outside
  8. Check your skin regularly, looking for new or abnormal growths
  9. Do not use tanning beds – they are just as harmful as the sun
  10. Avoid direct sunlight by using an umbrella or finding shade

Keeping Your Kids Safe While Under the Sun

If you are a parent, you should also teach your kids these sun protection tips. Whether your children play sports or you are taking the whole family on a trip to the beach, it is important for your kids to know how often they should reapply sunscreen and what steps they can take to avoid overexposure. After all, you can never do too much when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun.

If you notice abnormal changes to your skin—including new growths or misshapen moles, or a yellow discoloration of the skin—you should schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.