Little girl on the beach holding up a sunscreen bottle

Have Fun In The Sun

Summer is finally here! When the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer, everyone likes to spend time soaking in the sunshine. It’s also a good time to refresh your memory on how to prevent sun damage to your skin.

Protecting your skin

Ultraviolet (UV) rays – from the sun and other sources like tanning beds – are the main cause of skin cancer. Too much sun can also cause sunburn, eye damage and early wrinkles.

You can lower your risk with sun-safe clothing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and staying in the shade.


Take these steps to stay sun-safe –
  • Cover up: When you are out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UV light.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30: Be sure to reapply at least every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.
  • Seek shade: Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.
  • Keep babies (6 months or less) out of the sun

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