Have fun in the sun

With all this talk about getting active and going outside, it is important to remember to also protect ourselves and our families from harmful UV rays that come from direct exposure of the sun. They not only cause skin damage, wrinkles, and skin spots. They are the most common cause of skin damage leading to skin cancer. There is a direct link between UV rays and skin cancer and it is the most common type of cancer accounting for 75% of all diagnoses. Not to fret in most cases it can be treated. Here are some ways to prevent it as well!

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tips for guarding the skin against UV damage.

  1. Minimize sun exposure during peak UV ray hours, generally between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  2. Religiously apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 at least half an hour before heading outdoors. Reapply it every few hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Even waterproof sunscreens may require multiple applications.
  3. Cover skin with long sleeves and trousers for lengthy exposure.
  4. Sport a pair of UV-protective sunglasses, even on cloudy
    days.
  5. Pay attention to altitude, UV rays tend to be stronger in higher spots.

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Angela Martindale