Do You Know These Sun Protection and Safety Tips?

What is the best way to stay sun safe? The first and most effective way to avoid sun damage is to stay out of the sun as much as possible. If you cannot avoid being exposed to sunlight, there are five basic sun defenses that you should keep in mind when you go outdoors.

• Avoid peak hours of sunlight; UV rays are the greatest 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. during daylight savings time
• Sunscreen
• Clothing
• Sunglasses 
• When outdoors, choose shaded areas. 

Clothing can provide excellent sun protection. However, not all clothing is protective. A thin, wet, white t-shirt will provide almost no protection from UV rays. When selecting clothes for sun protection, consider the following: 

• Cover your head, shoulders, legs and feet.
• Use a hat that is broad- brimmed that shades face, ears and back of neck
• Wear fabrics that are thicker or with a tight weave; these allow less sunlight to penetrate the skin.
• Wear darker-colored clothes that absorb more UV rays.
• Avoid remaining in wet clothes because wet fabric may allow more UV rays to penetrate the skin.
• Some clothing comes with a UPF rating that stands for “Ultraviolet Protection Factor.” This measures the ability of the fabric to block UV radiation from penetrating to the skin. A fabric with a UPF 50 only allows only 1/50th of the UV radiation to penetrate your skin as compared to uncovered skin. 

Some Examples of Sunscreen 
• Radiant Complexions Pure Physical SPF50+ Sunscreen Spray
• Radiant Complexions Facial Sunscreen SPF 30
• Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry- Touch SPF 30
• Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry- Touch SPF 70
• No-Ad Sunblock Lotion SPF 45
• Blue Lizard Baby
• CeraVe Face Lotion SPF 50