By: NM Kishwaukee Health Staff
As you enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months, don’t forget these simple ways to protect yourself from over exposure to ultraviolet rays (UV).
Broad spectrum: the sunscreen can protect your skin from both types of harmful UV rays — the UVA rays and the UVB rays.
SPF 30 or higher: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you select a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher.
Water resistant: Dermatologists also recommend that you look for the words “water resistant.” This tells you that the sunscreen will stay on wet or sweaty skin for a while before you need to reapply. Water resistance lasts either 40 or 80 minutes. Not all sunscreens offer water resistance.
Reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree or other shelter. Wear a hat, shade-protective clothing (long-sleeved shirts, pants, etc.), and sunglasses.
Limit your time outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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