Sun Protection Guidelines
Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher whenever you spendtime outdoors.
This applies to all outdoor activities: athletics, shopping,picnicking, walking or jogging, gardening, even waiting for a bus.
- Choose a sunscreen with ingredients that block both UVB /UVA rays.
- Zinc Oxide (Z.O.) and Titanium Oxide provide a physical barrier which protects against both UVB and UVA rays.
- Physical sunscreens or chemical-free sunscreens which contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide are especially useful for people allergic to chemical sunscreens (avobenzone, oxybenzone, methoxycinnamate, benzophenone, etc…).
- Be sure to cover often-missed spots: lips, ears,around the eyes, neck, scalp if the hair is thinning, hands and feet.
- Sunscreen should be applied one half hour beforegoing outdoors. Reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if the product may have been removed while swimming, sweating, or towel-drying.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. If you can see light through your fabric, UV rays can get through too. Water makes fabric more translucent, so don’t rely on a wet T-shirt.
- A broad brim hat goes a long way toward preventing skin cancer in often-exposed areas like the neck, ears, scalp, and face. We recommend a 3-4 inch brim that extends all around the hat. Baseball caps and visors shade the face but leave the neck, lower face, and ears exposed.
- UV-blocking sunglasses protect your eyelids and the sensitive skin around your eyes, common sites for skin cancer and sun-induced aging.
Seek the Shade
- Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun's rays are strongest between 12 pm and 4 pm.
Never Seek a Tan
- There is no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan is the skin’s response to the sun’s damaging rays.
- UV radiation emitted by indoor tanning lamps is many times more intense than natural sunlight. Dangers include burns, premature aging of the skin, and the increased risk of skin cancer.