Fun in the Sun

A sunburn can not only increase your risk of skin cancer but put a big damper on your vacation.

Here’s your best defense against too much harmful UV radiation.

Prevent sunburns by covering up. Shirts, hats, shorts, and light weight pants shield your skin. Many companies make clothes with higher UV protection than regular clothing, too. Stay in the shade. Sit under a tree, use a beach umbrella or even take a beach tent or canopy with you , if possible. Some beaches rent umbrellas or covers for very reasonable rates. Avoid midday sun. Plan activities early morning or later in the afternoon. Don’t forget to protect your eyes with sunglasses and a visor.

Now use your sunscreen. Some sunscreens prevent sunburn but not other types of skin damage. Look for a product with broad spectrum coverage. Pick an SPF based on your skin type, the time you will be outdoors, what types of activity you’ll be doing and of course, the weather. Don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day. Many woman use sunscreen regularly to protect from cosmetic skin damage. Everyone knows to use sunscreen on kids. But studies show men don’t use sunscreen often enough.


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