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Sun Smart Quick Check Summary

 

Protect Skin From The Sun

 

  • Generously applying water-resistant sunscreen (need two to three tablespoons--far more than most people use--to get the promised protection) with a SPF of at least 15 that provides “broad-spectrum” protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to all exposed skin.  Apply at least 30 minutes prior to going outside, and re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

  • Wearing protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed UV protection hat and sunglasses, where possible.  As for beach attire, replace the baseball cap with something that covers your ears and neck. Wear wraparound sunglasses with 99-100 percent UV absorption. Clothing, as a rule, doesn’t have good sun protection.

  • And learn the Shadow Rule: If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. are the safest times to be catching rays. Seeking shade when appropriate.

  • Protecting children from sun exposure by playing in the shade, using protective clothing, and applying sunscreen.

  • Using extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.

  • Getting vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements. Don't seek the sun.

  • Avoiding tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you've been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

  • Checking your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early. 

  • Check with your doctor; if you’re taking any of these medications and planning a day at the beach; take the proper precautions to protect yourself.

  • It may be hip to be tanned, and it does tend to camouflage a multitude of imperfections, but don't deep-fry your skin for the sake of fashion. Your best bet is a high quality bronzer in a bottle. The Body Shop has a great all-natural formula. Just remember to use a facial scrub prior to application to slough off any dead skin cells. You may also want to use a pair of gloves, lest your palms turn orange!

  • Make sure that you are adequately hydrated - at least 8 glasses of water a day and even more when you are outside.

  • If you do burn, apply Aloe Vera or lotions containing it. This will cool and soothe your skin and help you to heal faster. A personal trick is to apply cream containing zinc to my face at night. This is an effective way of healing my burn by the morning.

 

Nothing is more revolting than skin full of little red mosquito or bug bites, not to mention the new threat of West Nile Virus, so don't forget the bug spray.

 

 

 

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