* Wear sunscreen everyday. Apply it as part of your daily routine before you head out the door. Reapply during the day as needed. UVB and UVA are the two types of ultraviolet radiation that cause skin damage. Sunscreens labeled for Broad Spectrum will protect against both of these harmful rays.
* Children and babies are extra sensitive. Provide children with sun hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen throughout the summer. Swim shirts are another helpful item when playing in water outdoors. Sunburns are not okay at any age.
* Protect your eyes. Over time the sun can damage your eyes and the skin around your eyes and cause eyelid cancers, macular degeneration,and even vision loss. Wear sunglasses year round as well as hats with a 3 inch brim.
* Proper clothing is an important part of sun protection. The more skin you cover with clothing, the better when it comes to skin cancer prevention--long sleeves are better than short sleeves. This can be harder in the summer when it is hot, but you can look for fabrics with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) protection. This indicates what fraction of the sun's rays can penetrate through the fabric. Learn more about that UPF.
*Protect heads first. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, our heads are the most likely place to get skin cancer. Compared to other parts of our bodies, heads are most at risk. Faces (especially your nose) is very susceptible to skin cancer, as well as the neck. For men, melanoma is often found on ears.
* Seek shade but still wear sunscreen. Not all shade is created equal. Shade alone cannot provide full UV protection. Trees with sparse leaves are not as protective as trees that are thickly covered in leaves. Also, harmful ultraviolet rays can be reflected up on sand and water, so even using an umbrella does not fully protect. Shade helps, but wearing sunscreen is must still.
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