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Sun Safety

Sun Safety Tips


Here are some easy tips to remember to keep you safe out in the sun!

1. Avoid sun exposure during the peak hours of the day (10-4pm). This is when UVA and UVB rays are the strongest. Don't be fooled by cloudy or hazy days, because UV rays are are strong even when it's not sunny outside!

2. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30+ every day. Apply your sunscreen to exposed skin on your body and seek shade outside whenever possible.

3. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours. It is recommended that you use at least 1 oz of sunscreen for your entire body each time you apply it.

4. Wear protective clothing, hats, and UV protective sunglasses while outside.

5. Avoid tanning beds and tanning outside, but especially avoid getting sunburned! 

6. Get an annual skin exam performed by a dermatologist, because they are the experts on skin! Talk to your primary care physician about checking your skin.

Talk with your family members so that you know your health history. If anyone in your family has ever had melanoma, you are at a greater risk of developing melanoma yourself!

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