Keeping your skin safe from summer sum damage

June 21, 2004

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the following tips for protecting skin from summer sun damage:n Plan indoor activities during the middle of the day. Ultraviolet radiation is strongest between about 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • If outside midday, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella or a tent.

  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

  • Apply sunscreen before you go outside; the sun's ultraviolet rays can damage skin within 15 minutes - even on slightly cloudy or cool days.

  • Put a thick layer of sunscreen on all parts of exposed skin.

  • Apply sunscreen every two hours, and immediately after swimming and sweat-inducing activities.

  • Wear clothing that protects skin, including a wide-brimmed hat.

  • Wear wraparound sunglasses that block the highest percentage possible of ultraviolet light, which might contribute to cataracts later in life.

  • Be especially careful when taking medications that may cause skin to burn more easily.

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