Whether you will be at the beach, pool or spending anytime outdoors; don’t forget to enjoy the sun safely.

Did you know that UV rays from the sun can damage your skin even when you are in the car? UV rays can penetrate windows which can cause aging, wrinkles, spots, and skin cancer even if you think your roof is doing the heavy lifting.

According to the American Cancer Society, the best ways to protect yourself from the sun’s harm are to do the following:

  • Choose a sunscreen with “broad spectrum” protection. Sunscreens with this label protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Make sure your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays.
  • “Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” Reapply at least every two hours to make sure you don’t end up surprised by your resemblance to that lobster you ate on vacation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wear sunglasses. Rock a new look with the sunglasses of your choice and protect your eyes from the sun.

Throughout the month, we’ll be sprinkling you with some sun safety tips so that you can stay safe at the pool, the park, or anywhere you go this summer!

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