Sun Protection Guidelines

Sun Protection Guidelines2013-05-07T20:57:52+00:00

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.

Cover Up

  • 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.