With summer in full swing, be sure you protect yourself, and everyone you know. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. There is more you can do than just applying sunscreen.
Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade or bring an umbrella, slide on some stunning shades. Always keep sun protection handy- keep it in your car, your bag, or even your child’s backpack. You ARE a role model for your children and grandchildren.
Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Tanned skin is damaged skin. A sunburn or even a suntan indicates damage from UV rays. Even if the weather is cool and cloudy, children still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.
Remember that if you must be outdoors, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Wear protective clothing when possible, and always keep a wide-brimmed hat on hand. Sport those stylish sunglasses and look for those that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. When choosing a sun block, choose at least SPF 15 with UVA/UVB protection. Do not forget to address the ears, nose, lips and tops of feet – common areas that are often overlooked and unprotected. Reapply sunblock after a few hours and especially after you swim or exercise.
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